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The Early Records 

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Town of Providence 



VOL. XVIII 



BEING OFFICIAL RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS 
OF TITLE AND PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO 
THE NORTH BURIAL GROUND 



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PREFACE 



This Volume continues the printing of the " Eariy Records 
of the Town of Providence," authorized by the following reso- 
lutions of the City Council of the City of Providence, approved 
March 6, 1891 : 

" Resolved, That Horatto Rogers, George M. Carpenter 
and Edward Field are hereby appointed record commis- 
sioners, who shall serve without compensation, for the purpose 
of collecting and printing the early records of the town of 
Providence, and said commissioners are hereby authorized to 
expend the sum of one thousand dollars for collecting and 
printing said records, said sum to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for printing." 

From time to time the City Council has made other appro- 
priations for the continuance of the worlc. A majority of the 
commission having deceased, Judge Carpenter having died 
July 31, 1-896, and Judge Rogers on November 12, 1904, the 
surviving commissioner was elected Record Commissioner on 
November 22, 1904, under whose direction this volume is 
issued. This, the eighteenth volume in the series of printed 
records differs in character from those heretofore published, 
inasmuch as it is a compilation of records and proceedings relat- 
ing to a special subject and is made a part of these records by 



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resolution of the City Council, No. 187, approved May 18, 
1900, and the amendment thereto approved October 16, 1903, 
both of which are as follows : 

" No. [87. Resolution to Print 500 Copies of the Records 
Relative to the North Burial Ground. 

[Approved May iS, iqoo.] 

Resolved, That the Record Commissioners are hereby 
directed to cause to be printed for the use of the City Council, 
five hundred copies of the records and documents of title and 
proceedings relative to the North Burial Ground, the expense 
thereof to be charged to the appropriation for the Record 
Commissioners." 

"No. 360. Resolution to Print 1,000 Copies of the Records 
Relative to the North Burial Ground. 

[Approved Ocloher 16, iijoj,] 

Resolved, That the Record Commissioners be, and they 
are hereby directed to cause to be printed five hundred copies 
of the records and documents of title and proceedings relative 
to the North Burial Ground, in addition to the number author- 
ized by Resolution No. 187, approved May 18, 1900, the ex- 
pense of the printing of said five hundred additional copies of 
said Records to be charged to the appropriation for the Record 
Commissioners." 

On January 25, 1894, the Joint Standing Committee of the 
City Council on the North Burial Ground requested the City 
Engineer to compile and prepare for the use of said committee 



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all the material on record from the earliest period in the his- 
tory of the town of Providence up to that date, relating to the 
North Burial Ground. The growth of that institution with its 
changes of boundaries and the acquisition of territory made it 
absolutely necessary that there should be readily at hand the 
various records and data relating to this burying ground under 
the management and control of the municipality. The work 
of compilation was placed in the hands of William G. Brennan, 
Assistant Engineer in charge of city property in the office of 
the City Engineer, and the result of his painstaking and careful 
research was embodied in four volumes of type-written material, 
covering all the records both state and municipal, relative to 
this institution. By reason of the great amount of time and 
research expended in its preparation and the importance and 
value of the result obtained to the city, the committee felt that 
it should be preserved against loss by being printed and made 
available for convenient reference, and they therefore consulted 
with the commissioners as to the advisability of including the 
work among the volumes which the Record Commissioners 
had heretofore and were then placing in permanent form for 
preservation. This suggestion was heartily approved of by the 
commissioners, and while it was of a different character from 
the work already done by them, they were of the opinion that 
such an undertaking came well within the scope of work under 
their control. In considering this compilation for printing, it 
was found necessary to make a different arrangement from that 
originally prepared, and by direction of the City Engineer at the 
suggestion of the present commissioner, Mr. Brennan was as- 
signed to re-arrange the material for printing. When the 



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great mass of manuscript was finally received, it was seen at 
once that it was too great to be included in one printed book 
without making such book too unwieldy and inconvenient, and 
it was decided to print it in two volumes as near uniform as 
possible. The records of the burying ground, therefore, in this 
book, conclude with the year 1889, the remaining portion being 
left to form the nineteenth volume of this series of printed 
records. 

In printing this book the Commissioner has relied upon 
the manuscript submitted to him and has not consulted 
original records except in certain cases where it was found 
necessary for various reasons to verify dates or names and it is 
therefore printed practically as compiled under the direction 
of the City Engineer. 

The Commissioner desires to express his thanks to Otis F. 
Clapp, Esq., City Engineer, and to William G. Brennan, 
Assistant Engineer, for their hearty co-operation and assistance 
in preparing this material for the press. He also expresses 
his appreciation of the assistance rendered by the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee of the City Council on the North Burial 
Ground and to the Commissioners and Superintendent of the 
North Burial Ground. 

An index to names and an index to subjects are also added 
hereto. In the index to subjects the date of the reference is 
indicated by figures in italics. The work is arranged chrono- 
logically as far as is consistent with the material included, 
the date of the proceeding being placed before the record in 
each case. 

In the preface to Volume XI of the Early Records of the 



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Town of Providence, written eight years ago, Judge Rogers 
arid myself had occasion to say that since the publication of 
■the last volume, death had removed one of our associates. To- 
day it becomes my sad duty to record a similar fact, for Horatio 
Rogers, Chairman of the Record Commission died November 
12, 1904, and, in appreciation of the long years of friendship 
and companionship I offer this sketch of his life and tribute 
to his memory. 

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Horatio Rogers, son of Horatio and Susan (Curtis) Rogers, 
was born in the city of Providence, May 18, 1836. His an- 
cestors, both on his father's and mother's side, were distin- 
guished in their generation for high character and strong 
individuality. On his father's side the earliest ancestor in 
America was James Rogers, who was made a freeman at New- 
port, R. I., in September, 1640, and subsequently held the office 
of general sergeant of the colony for many years. His father 
was a merchant of Providence, and took no active part in 
public aflFairs, but devoted his life to his business, his home and 
his family. His grandfather, John Rogers, served in the 
Revolutionary War, being commissioned ensign in the Second 
Rhode Island regiment of the Continental Line on May 1, 

1779, He was wounded at Connecticut Farms on June 23, 

1780, and transferred to the First Rhode Island regiment on 
January i, 1781. He was commissioned lieutenant in August, 

1781, and served in that office to the close of the war. He 
continued in the military service of his country and was ap- 
pointed military storekeeper of the United States Army, March 
9, 1819, and was honorably discharged June 1, 1821. 



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Two great-uncles were also officers in the Continental 
Army ; one, Robert Rogers, having served in the Rhode Island 
Line, and the other. Rev. William Rogers, D. D., having been 
a Brigade-Chaplain in the Pennsylvania Line. 

His mother was a daughter of David Curtis, of Worcester, 
a family of prominence in Massachusetts, and George William 
Curtis, the distinguished author and orator, was a near kins- 
man. 

He obtained the benefit of the course of studies furnished 
in the common schools of the city and entered Brown Univer- 
sity, graduating from that institution in the class of 1855 with 
the degree of A. B. 

Choosing the law for a profession he entered the office of 
Hon. Thomas A. Jenckes, and, after diligently applying him- 
self there and at the Harvard Law School, was admitted to the 
Rhode Island bar in 1858. Soon after he opened an office in 
Providence and entered upon the practice of his profession 

His inherent qualities naturally directed him to assume the 
duties and obligations of good citizenship and he early became 
interested in public affairs. In i860 occurred the exciting 
presidential campaign in which Abraham Lincoln was the can- 
didate of the Republican party. In Rhode Island the enthu- 
siasm for Lincoln was intense and the months of the campaign 
were filled with public meetings, parades and other demonstra- 
tions in the interest of the Illinois candidate. In this cam- 
paign Horatio Rogers entered with all the energy and interest 
which characterized his nature and he stumped the state in 
support of his party. On January 29, 1861, he married Lucia 
Waterman, the daughter of Resolved Waterman. In the fol- 



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lowing June he was elected by the City Council of Providence 
a justice of the police court From this time until his death 
he was almost continuously active in public affairs. On Sep- 
tember 7, 1861, he resigned the office to which he had just 
been elected, " having accepted a commission in the Third 
Regiment, R. I. V.," as he states in his letter of resignation to 
Hon. Jabez C. Knight, then mayor of the city of Providence. 

When that gun was fired from the shores of Charleston 
harbor, against the flag of his country, he was eager to enlist in 
the cause of the Union, but it was not until August 27, 1861, 
that he entered the service, being then commissioned first 
lieutenant of Company D, Third Rhode Island Regiment 
Heavy Artillery. A few weeks later, while with this command 
at Fort Hamilton, N. Y., he was promoted to a captaincy and 
assigned to Company H. The Third Regiment formed a part 
of Gen. T. W. Sherman's expedition to Port Royal, South 
Carolina, in the fall of [861, and participated in the bombard- 
ment and capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard at Hilton 
Head and Bay Point by the fleet under command of Com- 
modore Dupont. The Third Regiment held these forts. In 
March, 1862, Captain Rogers with other companies of the 
Third, were sent to Tybee Island, Georgia, to take part in the 
reduction of Fort Pulaski. 

In the siege during the battle of April 10 and 11, 1862, he 
had command at Battery McClellan located nearest the fort 
and which played a most conspicuous part in its reduction, the 
only casualties among the Union forces being in Rogers' com- 
mand. During this bombardment Captain Rogers was at one 
time nearly buried in sand by the bursting of a shell. He par- 



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ticipated in the campaign of James Island, South Carolina, in 
June, 1862, and for the gallant part he took in the action of 
June 1 6th, was promoted to the rank of Major. He was in the 
expedition under Generals Brannan and A. H. Terry to burn 
the bridge at Pocotaligo, South Carolina, and shared in the des- 
perate, but unsuccessful action of October 24, 1862. While 
serving in the Department of the South his legal knowledge 
caused him to be frequently assigned on courts-martial, acting 
as judge advocate. On January 7, 1863, he received his com- 
mission as Colonel of the Eleventh Rhode Island regiment to 
date from December 27, 1862, and, on January 23, 1863, took 
command of this regiment. He had hardly joined his new 
command when he was commissioned colonel of the Second 
Rhode Island regiment which formed a part of the Second 
Brigade, then commanded by Gen. Charles Devens and form- 
ing a part of the Third Division of the Sixth Corps and sta- 
tioned at Falmouth, Virginia, and his connection with the 
Eleventh terminated with a service of two weeks. 

Colonel Rogers took part in the various actions in which 
the second regiment was engaged with the Army of the 
Potomac, particularly the second battle of Fredericksburg, 
Salem Heights,- Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station and Mine 
Run. The gallant part taken by him and his command won 
the praise of his superior officers and the thanks of the Gen- 
eral Assembly of Rhode Island. The hardships connected 
with active campaigning had seriously affected his physical 
condition, never rugged or robust at its best, and when the 
army went into winter quarters after a service of two and one- 
half years, he resigned his commission January 14, 1864, and 



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returned to his home. For gallant and meritorious service he 
was brevetted Brigadier-General of United States Volunteers 
to date from March 13, 1865. Soon after his retirement from 
the army he was elected Attorney- General of Rhode Island 
and held this ofifice from 1864 to 1867; he was urged to again 
become a candidate, but declined another nomination for the 
office. During the period from 1866 to 1868 he represented 
the Third Ward in the Common Council of Providence and 
again in 1873-4, during a portion of which time he served as 
president of that body. Following his service in the City 
Council of Providence he was elected to the General Assembly 
and served in the House of Representatives in i868-g, and 
from 1874 to 1876. 

On June 11, 1867, his wife died, and, on October 6, 1869, 
he married Emily P. Smith, daughter of Governor James Y. 
Smith. On January i, 1873, he gave up the practice of the 
law, in which profession he had attained much distinction and 
entered upon a mercantile career, becoming a partner with his 
father-in-law, James Y. Smith, and his brother-in-law, Charles 
A. Nichols, in the manufacture of cotton goods. 

He was thus engaged for twelve years, when on account of 
the death of Governor Smith and the closing up of the busi- 
ness, in which the company had been engaged, he again en- 
tered upon the practice of his profession. 

He did not, however, remain inactive ; the party with which 
he had so long been identified remembering the worth of the 
service which he had rendered to the state, nominated him in 
1888, and he was again elected Attorney-General. 

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hibitory law was in effect. His administration of the office 
was fearless and vigorous ; he enforced the laws of the state 
with all that zeal and energy which he displayed in all his acts, 
and, though nominated the following year, was defeated in 
consequence thereof. 

His appointment as one of the Record Commissioners of 
the City of Providence on March 6, 1891, came while he was 
traveling in Florida for the benefit of his health, and his first 
knowledge of his selection was obtained in a letter from the 
writer while he was at St. Augustine. In his reply he states, 
" I will do all in my power to aid the good cause." Upon his 
return he entered upon the work which had been laid out by 
his associates with much interest and enthusiasm. He was 
thus engaged at a meeting of the commissioners at the City 
Hall on the evening of May 26, 1891, when word was received 
by telephone from Newport, where the General Assembly was 
then holding its session, that he had just been nominated by the 
Republican caucus as associate justice of the supreme court 
of Rhode Island and his election the following day was as- 
sured. 

For a time he was visibly affected by this mark of confi- 
dence and distinction which his fellow citizens had shown him. 
An ambition which he had cherished was about to be realized, 
and with this came a full realization of the responsibilities, the 
duties and capabilities that would be demanded of him and 
which he must furnish. No man ever entered upon the duties 
of a public office more seriously, more impressed with the great 
honor and dignity which it carried, more appreciative of the 
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did Horatio Rogers enter upon the duties of his new position. 
On February rg, 1903, after a service of nearly twelve years, 
he resigned his seat on the supreme bench, having reached 
the age at which the law provided a judge of the supreme 
court might retire. Had his health permitted it is doubtful if 
he would have given up these duties which were as pleasant 
and agreeable to himself as they were satisfactory to his asso- 
ciates and members of the Rhode Island bar. Upon his retire- 
ment, in appreciation of the honors which the state had con- 
ferred upon him from time to time and in recognition of the 
pleasant associations which had marked his career upon the 
bench, he presented to the state for the use of the court, his 
magnificent and extensive law library.^ 

' Resolution accepting the resignation of kunobable Horatio Rogers, 
associate justice of the suprkme court of the state of rhode island 

AND PbOVIDENCS PldtNTATIONS. 

Rksolvbd, Tbat Ihe re^ignalion of the office of associale justice of the Eupreme 
court of the slate of Rhode Island and Providence plantations, tendered to this general 
assembly by Ihe honorable Horatio Rogers, be and the same is liereby accepted to lake 
effect as Iheiein staled ; and be it further 

Resolved, That in accepting the resignation aforesaid Ihe general assembly places 
on record its expression of deep regret that he is obliged by the condition of bis health to 
lay aside the duties of associate justice of the supreme court of this state, which for a 
period of neatly twelve years he has discharged with such marked ability, imparlialily, and 
integrity as lo bring honor to the judiciary of the Stale and to win the confidence and com- 
mendation of his fellow ciliiens ; and be it further 

Resolved, Thai (his general assembly in behalf of the state gratefully accepts his 
^t of his law library and authorizes Ihe chief justice of the supreme court to cause the 
same to be placed in the judges' consultation room at the Providence court house for the 
use of ihe court ; and be it further 

Resolved, That the shetiK of Providence county be and be hereby Is authorized and 
empowered 10 present to the retiring justice the chair and desk in the Providence county 
court house used by bim during bis term of olEce, and that the secretary of state be and h« 
hereby is instructed to present to the retiring justice a copy of this resolution suitably ea- 
grossed and certified under Ihe seal of Ihe state. 



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In December, 1902, he was appointed a member of the 
commission provided under Chapter 1077 of the PubHc Laws 
relative to the relocation of the Soldiers and Sailors Monu- 
ment and the Burnside Equestrian Statue located on Exchange 
Place in Providence, and upon the organization of this com- 
mission he was elected its chairman. He took great interest 
in the work delegated to this commission, attending its meet- 
ings regularly up to the middle of December, a year later. In 
the following March his continued illness forced him to give 
up all the duties of this character and he communicated ver- 
bally his resignation, both as a member of the commission and 
as its chairman. His associates on this commission, how- 
ever, while regretting that he was forced to this conclusion, 
declined to accept his resignation and requested him to con- 
tinue one of its members. 

Such in brief, is the official life of Horatio Rogers, but it 
was not his nature to be inactive outside the hours devoted to 
official duties. His religious life was deep and earnest and he 
was a consistent communicant of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church during his whole life. The institution of Freemasonry 
early attracted him and he was admitted to membership in St. 
John's Lodge, No. i, of Providence, on November 17, 1858, 
soon after attaining his majority. 

He was an active member of Prescott Post, No. i. Grand 
Army of the Republic, and was Department Commander of 
Rhode Island in 1869, succeeding his friend and fellow officer, 
Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. This also gave to him life mem- 
bership in the National Encampment of that organization. 
He was also connected with various army veteran associations 



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including the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the 
United States, Second Rhode Island and Battery A Veteran 
Association, Third Rhode Island Veteran Association and 
Society of the Army of the Potomac. Although never hold- 
ing office, he was actively interested in the Soldiers and Sailors 
Historical Society, before which he had often delivered ad- 
dresses on various events connected with army life. He held 
membership in the Society of the Cincinnati of the State of 
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations by right of descent 
from Lieut. John Rogers of the Rhode Island Continental 
Line. 

For a period of thirty-eight years he was a member of the 
Rhode Island Historical Society, holding the office of President 
from 1889 to 1895. He was also a member of the American 
Antiquarian Society, New England Historic Genealogical 
Society and other kindred societies. 

Although he was a member of many patriotic, historical 
and literary organizations, he had no taste or inclination for 
club life; his habits were by temperament and selection 
thoroughly domestic, and in the companionship of his wife 
and family, surrounded by his books, he found his greatest 
pleasure. 

Besides being connected with the pubfication of seventeen 
volumes of the Early Records of the Town of Providence and 
six reports of the commission, he was the author of " Private 
Libraries of Providence" with a Preliminary essay on the love 
of Books, (Providence, 1878) a volume in which he had oppor- 
tunity to discuss a subject for which he had great fondness. 
He annotated and published from the original manuscript the 



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Journal of Lieut. James M. Hadden, Chief of the English Ar- 
tillery, during the Burgoyne Campaign, (Albany, 1884). In 
the preparation of this volume he consulted the various sources 
of information in the Dominion Library at Ottawa, Canada, 
and in other places, visited localities covered by the Burgoyne 
campaign, and made the work the most authoritative compila- 
tion from the English side relating to this episode in the 
American Revolution that had yet been brought out for the 
use of the historian or student. 

The last volume which he published " Mary Dyer the 
Quaker Martyr," (Providence, 1896) was originally read before 
the Rhode Island Historical Society. Mary Dyer was an 
ancestress of his and this monograph was a most careful study 
of the character of this remarkable woman. He was also an 
occasional contributor to the Providence Journal and other 
periodicals. As an orator his services were frequently enlisted 
and he had taken part in several notable public occasions. 
He delivered the oration at the laying of the corner-stone of 
the City Hall, Providence, June 24, 1875, and that on the occa- 
sion of the dedication of the equestrian statue of Maj.-Gen. 
Ambrose E. Burnside in Providence, July 4, 1887, and the his- 
torical discourse before the Rhode Island Historical Society 
at the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Rhode 
Island's adoption of the Federal Constitution. His last and 
perhaps his most eloquent address was on what was designated 
Battle Flag Day, October 17, 1903, when the stained and 
tattered colors which were carried by the various regiments of 
Rhode Island during the days of the civil war were transferred 
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Ill health had forced him to retire from public life of 
which he had been a part so long, but surrounded by his old 
comrades-in-arms and these furled colors in the hands of some 
of those who had grasped them in the fury of battle, he seemed 
to be animated with the fire and spirit of earlier years, and his 
words were the most inspiring, patriotic and eloquent that he 
ever uttered; the former commander of one of the long term 
regiments whose record stood second to none, he would cer- 
tainly have been excused had he made specific mention of the 
regiments of which he was a part, but in all that address, no 
direct allusion was made to any particular organization; there 
was honor and glory enough for all and no word or thought of 
criticism lingered in the minds of one of those old soldiers 
after that address had ended. 

Upon retiring from the bench, he took an office in the 
Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company building more " to 
keep in touch with men and affairs," as he expressed it, than 
for any business purpose, he had been too long engaged in the 
active life of the city to withdraw entirely from these associa- 
tions of years. Continued ill-health finally caused him to give 
up his office and a serious illness kept him confined to the 
house and under the physician's care for many weeks. He 
rallied, however, from this illness, and, during the last few 
months of his life, spent several hours each day, when the 
weather was suitable, in the open air driving or walking. The 
day before his death he had taken this customary outing and 
returned to his home seemingly more refreshed and brighter 
than he had appeared for some time. Soon after nine o'clock 
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was stricken with hemorrhage of the brain, and at 3.30 o'clock 
on the morning of November 12, 1904, without regaining con- 
sciousness, he died. His widow, two sons and a daughter sur- 
vive him. 

Horatio Rogers was a noble type of the true Christian gen- 
tleman. In every position which he occupied, he did his full 
duty. As a soldier he looked to the welfare of the men under 
his command and won their love. He could lead them amid 
the storm of shot and shell on the field of battle, but it rasped 
his sensitive nature to be obliged to punish them for breaches 
of discipline in camp ; but when that duty became necessary, 
that gentleness was brushed aside and he became the stern, 
firm commander. 

There was a fearlessness in his character which in every 
position he filled had its own peculiar example. His surviv- 
ing brother officers of the Third regiment will vividly recall 
many acts of bravery which will remain stamped indelibly on 
their memory as long as life lasts. He was sick and confined 
to his bed when the order came for the expedition to James 
Island. The regimental surgeon had forbidden him to leave 
his tent as he was in no condition to endure the hardships of 
active campaigning, yet when he found his company was 
among those detailed to take part in this expedition, he got up 
from his sick bed, assumed his position at the head of his com- 
pany and shared all the dangers and fatigue of that occasion. 
It was by sheer will force and nervous energy that he kept up, 
but he was too good a soldier to let any personal discomfort 
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under him were obliged to undergo, in that, he also should 
share. Upon the return of this expedition, he was completely 
prostrated and was again confined to his bed; yet, when he 
was informed that the bodies of those who had fallen in that 
conflict were about to be buried, as so often was necessary 
without the formalities of Christian burial, he again left his 
sick bed, took his prayer-book and over the bodies of his fallen 
comrades read the Episcopal service for the burial of the dead. 
Again, when the epidemic of yellow fever invaded the camp at 
Hilton Head and the exigencies of that condition demanded 
that the most heroic measures be adopted to prevent its spread, 
notwithstanding the horrors of the situation and direct orders 
that the infected quarters should not be approached by any of 
the officers or men in camp, with that grim determination so 
characteristic of him, he sat by the bedside of Col. Nathaniel 
W. Brown during his last few hours, wrote letters for him to 
his family at home and nursed and cared for others as tenderly 
as a woman, braving the danger of this contagion, because he 
believed it a duty he owed to his brother officers. 

When he took command of the Second Rhode Island 
regiment, he did not receive a hearty welcome; he was re- 
garded as an intruder and he came very near declining to 
accept the appointment. He was a young man and was new 
to the regiment. A few of his old friends who had known 
him at home, then in the regiment, sought to disquiet this 
opposition which was manifested towards him, and after some 
time their counsel prevailed and he was induced to reconsider 
the matter and accept the command ; but when that sanguinary 
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those acts of bravery, which brought to the Second regiment 
the thanks of the state it represented' and special mention in 
the orders of the commanding general, officers and men re- 
ah'zed then, if they never knew before, that they had a com- 
mander to be proud of, and there was not a soldier of the 
" Second " from that day on but who would have laid down his 
life for his colonel and whose love and affection for him were 
the deepest. 

" Every eye was upon our colonel," says one who was with 
the regiment, that May day in 1863, "for he had never been 
under fire with us, and we knew him only by reputation. 
' Forward, Second Rhode Island ! ' was the word and away we 
went in line of battle to the brow of the hill. Gaining the 
crest, we gave the enemy a volley and received his fire in re- 
turn. Forward again, and we charged down the hill with 
loud cheers. We were soon in the woods and hotly engaged. 
Three times Colonel Rogers carried the colors to the front, 
and, aided by the officers, rallied the Regiment to renew the 
battle. He is a brave man and the Second Rhode Island is 
more than satisfied with him." 

Although admirably equipped for his profession, he cannot 



' Rrsolution of thanks to Col. Horatio Rogbiis, Jr^ and the m Reoimeni- 
Rhode Island Volunteers. 
Rksulved, That the thanks of Ihe General Assembly be, and they are hereby, pre- 
sented to Col. Horatio Rogers, Jr., and the officers and men of the zd Regiment Rhode 
Island Volunteers, for the gallantry and bravery which Ihey displayed at the battle of Salem 
Heights, in Virginia, May jd, 1863, and for Iheir soldierly conduct while retiring from the 
field of battle and recrossing the Rappahannock river; and that his Excellency the Gov- 
ernor be and is requested to transmit a copy of this resolution to Col. H. Rogers, jr., com- 
mandant of said regiment, and another copy to the Secretary of War. 



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be said to have ever entered actively upon the practice of the 
law. To be sure he was much before the courts in the perform- 
ance of his duties as Attorney-General for three terms, and in 
his private practice appeared occasionally ; but during the years 
from 1873 until 1885 he was engaged in mercantile pursuits, and 
three years later was elevated to the supreme bench. He had 
that love of learning and patient industry of investigation, 
which with a natural temperament, peculiarly fitted him for a 
judicial career. He approached his seat on the bench with a 
full realization of its responsibilities and he met them fearlessly 
and completely. No lawyer ever appeared before him who had 
occasion to feel that his case was not thoroughly considered. 
This was done in no perfunctory manner, for no matter how 
trivial their cause or how little foundation there might be for 
their action, they were certain that their case would have com- 
plete examination and hearing before him. If there was any- 
thing in his course upon the bench that would be the subject 
of criticism, it would be that he was over cautious and consid- 
erate and entered into the subject more at length than appeared 
at times to be necessary ; but those who knew Horatio Rogers 
knew that that habit of investigation was one so completely a 
part of his makeup, that he could no more avoid it than can 
water escape finding its level. He was no man to jump at 
conclusions, his findings were based on the results obtained 
only after the most careful and painstaking examination of the 
subject under consideration from beginning to end. If he ap- 
peared to give unnecessary work (o himself it was because he 
lacked that faculty of approaching a conclusion by the most 
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most carefully phrased and exhaustive of the subject under 
consideration. While that delivered by the Supreme Court of 
Rhode Island and written by him, " The Narragansett In- 
dians," Rhode Island Reports, No. 20, page 715, shows the 
scholarly attainments of the historian. 

He had that love for books that comes only from the cult- 
ured mind, and his library was the object of his deep affection 
and regard. It was while seeking literary treasures that he 
found the manuscript books of Hadden's Journal which he 
afterwards published and so copiously annotated. He was not 
a mere collector of books, but a profound reader, and gave to 
others through his published works, orations, and historical 
essays, the benefit of his broad reading, thorough investigation, 
and exhaustive research. His historical studies are of the 
highest character and authoritative of the subject discussed. 
In recognition of his scholarly attainments, Trinity College at 
Hartford, Connecticut, conferred upon him in 1896 the degree 
of LL. D. 

My personal acquaintance with Horatio Rogers began 
with the appointment of this commission, and the associations 
thus formed ripened into a friendship which terminated only 
with his death. 

I doubt if any public duty which he ever was called upon 
to perform was so much to his taste, so much of real interest, 
and for which he had a stronger attachment than was this work 
relating to the preservation of the ancient records of his native 
city. As I have stated previously, his appointment to the 
commission was unsought and unexpected, but his well known 
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historical society, and the fact that he had long advocated the 
printing of these records naturally caused him to be selected 
for the work when it was begun. 

It was only a short time after his appointment that he was 
elevated to the supreme bench, and the duties of this office 
engaged much of his time, yet, for a long period thereafter he 
devoted evening after evening to the work of formulating 
plans and discussing methods of procedure so that the work 
contemplated should be begun under such circumstances as 
would insure its being carried out in a manner consistent with 
its importance. 

During all these years we were associated together, there 
never entered into our debates or considerations the slightest 
discordant note or disturbing word or thought. He took up 
the work as did his associates without promise or thought of 
reward of any kind, save that which comes from a duty well 
performed, and he gave to it all the benefit of his broad 
culture and peculiar talent. 

It was, perhaps, in the order of nature that the youngest 
member of the commission should have been left to complete 
the work which had been planned, and, though the duties have 
- been made heavier and the work robbed of its pleasures by the 
death of my associates, I feel that I am completing what they 
had planned to do in finishing these volumes, which have so 
long been the subject of our earnest solicitude. Though the 
work has been arduous and has taken time that might have 
been otherwise employed, yet the associations connected with 
jt has made it a pleasant pastime. I shall always remember 



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with pleasantest memories the years thus spent, but beyond 
all I feel proud of the honor it brought in having had so long 
the friendship and companionship of such a man as Horatio 
Rogers. 

EDWARD FIELD, 
Record Commissioner. 
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[I>eceiuber 7, 1081.] Att a Towne Meeting December : ye : 7th : 
1681 : Voated that John Dexter hath Hbberty to fence in about two 
Acres of ye Townes Comon which is a bout by him to be fenced 
in, that soe his fence may runn strait being about to fence in his 
meadow : the which Comon lieth against ye sayd meadjow', and ye 
said Dexter will sattistieye Towne for it, when ye Towne shall 
settle ye highway yt goeth through ye sayd Dexters land, The 
meetting is Ajomed. \Town Meeting Records No. 3, page 56. ^ 

[February 19, 1682.] At a towne Meeteing ffebruary ye igth : 
1682. Vpon a bill put in by John Wilkenson & John Prey, Edward 
Smith & Eliazer Whiple are by ye towne deputed to state a highway 
at or about Loquasquassuck to goe up into ye Countrey. And make 
theire retume to ye next meeting. [Town Meeting Records No. J, 
page 7S-] 

[April 28, 1084.] At a Towne meeteing Aprill ye 28'^ : 1684 : 
Whereas there hath benn a bill preferred to ye Towne for State-ing a 
Comon highway, or Roade, over Pautucket River both for Cart, drift, 
horse, & foote ; Jt is therefore ordred that ye way ouer Pautuckett 
River shall be & reraaine at ye ancient & Comon Road at ye End of ye 
Hill on yc westerne part of John Scot his planting land, or field ; the 
which leadeth to ye plaine on Kehoboth side of ye River called ye 
westerne plaine. [To7Vn Meeting Records No. 3, page 8t.\ 

[Januarr 27, 1098-0.) At a Towne meeting Quarter day January 
ye 27th : 1698-9 Whereas the Traine band who are under Cap- : 
Arnold are wanting of a Traineing place Convenient, & there being 
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Valentine Whittman about one acre thereof ; the which percell of land 
the sd Vah Whittman is unwilling to part with unless the towne will 
allow him 3 acres for the same; therefore in Consideration of a 
Traineing place that the Companey may not be destitude, the Towne 
doe order & Grant unto the sd valentine whittman that he shall have & 
take up 3 acres of land of the Townes Comon in some place on ye East 
side of ye ^ mile line which may be Convenient & not damnifieing any 
mans land nor highways, to make Recompence unto the sd Vatt : 
Whittman for ye aforesd perce taken out of his land. 

The meeting is dissolved. / [Town Meeting Records No. I,page 33-\ 
[June 10, 1700.] Munday the loth of June 1700 the meeting is 
again in being 

Tho: Olney Continues Moderate : 
Whereas it hath this day been proposed that some Convenient 
percell of land may be stated to lie in Comon Continually to be for the 
use of millieirey affaires for training of souldiers & ctr ; & also to a 
place to be for the vse of Buireing of the dead & many of the purchas- 
sers & Proprietors of ye lands of this Towne of Providence being now 
met together & Haveing Considered the matter doe apprehend it to be 
a sutable motion & Convenient the same to propogate; And for as 
much as it hath hitherto been omitted when it might (happely) been 
with more conveniency Effected, yet now well weighing the motion & 
finding that there is a nesessitye of the performing of the same ; And 
if longer Omitted the more inconveniencye Will appeare; It is there- 
fore by these presents Ordered detirmined & Agreed And by these 
presents doe hereby order detirmine & Agree that all those Comon 
lands lieing betweene the land belonging to Archibald Walker whereon 
he Now dwelleth ; & Southward to brooke which Ku|n'neth out of 
Samuell Whipple Sen .1 his land whereon he now dwelleth & Eastward 
with the Highway & westward & norwestward with Moshosick River 
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uses as the Towne shall see cause not daninifieing what is afore prom- 
ised ; 

And that a burieing place be bounded out of the said Tract of land 
in the place & what quantelye three men which the Town sail all make 
choyce of, shall appoynt, And if any appropreated landes lieing within 
the boundes afore spesified be at any time layd downe to Comon it shall 
continually in Comon Remaine & not be appropreated to any person. 
Any former act, order or Clause therein to the Contrarey hereof Not- 
withstanding. / 

Major VVim : Hopkins Cap'" : Jo?- Dexter & Tho : Olney sen': : are 
the three men Chosen to bound out & State the afores^ buring place, & 
to doe it with what Conveniency may be & make their Retume to the 
towne. [Town Meeting- Records No. I, page ^.] 

(JnlfSS, 1707.] At a Town Meeteing being quarter day July ye 
28 : 1707 : hy Reason yt by Reason yt ye 27th day fell to be upon ye 
first day of ye weeke, — 

Ordered that a Traineing place shall be stated out for ye Southerne 
Companey of souldiers to Exercise in, where it may be | convenient | on 
Providence land & yt ye Major shall appoynt y= Place where it shall be, 
& one or other of ye Towne Surveiors to bound it out, & if it should be 
upon any Mans land which is appropriated ; & if ye Person whose land 
it is will give way yt it shall be on his land, then satisfaction shall be 
made him in land out of the Townes Comon ; but if there be not a free- 
dome to give way then to state sd Traineing place on ye Comon land ; 
And that ye traineing place not to Exceed four acres of ground. 
[Town Meeting Records No. I, page 68.\ 

[April 27, 170S.1 Town of Providence to Henry Adams — Grant. 
Whereas upon the 27th, of Apr. 1 708 the purchasers & Town of Provi- 
dence being together at their meeting: Upon the request of Henry 
Adams of this town of Providence they granted unto him over the way 
against the west end of his home lot in sd. Providence town a quantity 



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of land of 50 ft. square to set a house on. The which sd, quantity of 
land was soon after the grant thereof laid out & bounded to the sd. 
Henry Adams in order to the towns grant & he the sd. Henry Adams 
posessed therewith & since upon ye same hath built a house. 
Laid out by me Tho's Olney Jun. 

Surveyor 
Recorded May ye 22nd 171 1. 
Tho's Olney 
Clerk, 
{Deed Book No. 2, page igr.} 

[April 28, 1712.] At a Towne Meeting quarter day 1712 Reason 
the 27th day fell to be on the first day of the | week in the [ month of 
April! this yeare, the meeting held on ye 28th of ye month. 

Wherejas) there was a bill preferred this day to ye Towne by sev- 
erail Persons, Namely, Samuell Wilkinson Jun', Tho. Smith Samuell 
Aldrch & Hasadiah Comstock Requesting of the towne that the High- 
way through the Northerne part of the Towneshipp might be run out 
northward so farr as the inhabitants do any of them dwell that so it may 
knowne where it is, that so it may be repared from time to time & kept 
in a Condition for People to pass in ; the Towne haveing Considered | s^ 
bill I do order that the Townes two Surveiors for the laying out of 
land on ye East side of ye seven mile line shall some time in the month 
of May in this presant year 1712 : State out a highway for a Common 
Roade beginning at the northerne End of that part of said Roade in 
that Tract of land belonging to Edward Inman & his partners | which 
formelywas runn j on the hill called Wesquadomeset hill the said Roade 
haveing already been runn so farr Northward as a little way northward 
from Natbaniell Mawryes now dwelling house; the which said highway 
is to be four poles wide ; and at the northerne End of that part of said 
highway so farr Runn to take it & State it along that breadth north- 
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Samud Whipple was the son of John Whipple, formerly of Dorchesler, Mass. 

He married Mary Harris, daughter of Thomas Harris of Providence. 

He held oHice as town constable in 1688 and was a deputy 

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SO fair as the Cedar swamp lieing on the Norwesterne part of said 
Tract of land ; And then still to Continue the sd highway along North- 
ward as farr as our Townes inhabitants do dwell & so over that branch 
of Pawtuckett River which Runneth by the North End of Wansokett 
hill so farr as the sd surveiors shall judge it may be Convenient at pres- 
ant to do ; And it is also ordered that the said two surveiors for their 
stateing out of the Sd Highway shall be payd out of the Towne their 
Treasury And as | for | Restetution for the land which may be taken 
out of any persons Proprietye to make the Highway on ye so\ilh side of 
the aforesd branch, the Towne have determined that ye proprietors of 
those lands shall Beare it themselves it being a Gift from the Towne 
which had the satisfaction in it selfe sufficiently for Highways 
And as for Ed Inman & his partners tract by agreement the Towne 
Reserved a highway through it. [Town Meeting Records No. I, page 

87.] 

[October 27, 1712.1 At a Towne Meeting quarter day October 
the 27th 1712. 

It is ordered that the Highway to leade to Pautuckett shall goe out of 
the Country Roade way towards Loquasqasuck on the north side of the 
Valley called ye Great Meaddow Hollow ; & so to leade away Eastward 
between sd Williams his land & ye land of James Young : / 

the meeting is desolved. [ Town Meeting Records No. I, page 88.] 

[Hay O, 1713.] Act of the General Assembly. Whereas com- 
plaint hath been made to this Assembly that the public road leading 
through this colony from Pawtucket river to Pawcatuck river is in 
several places stopped up, crooked and not passable for travellers; and 
the Assembly taking the same into consideration, have nominated and 
appointed a committee of five men viz : Mr. Philip TiJlinghast for the 
town of Providence Mr. Malachi Rhodes for the town of Warwick Capt. 
Thomas Prye, for the town of Greenwich ; Mr. George Hassard for the 
town of Kingstown and Capt. John Babcock for the town of Westerly 



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to be a committee for the regulating the said Common road, and if need 
be, to lay open any mans land or Ireehnld. for making the same more 
straight fair and passable Always provided, that due satisfaction may be 
made to such person or persons as may be hurt or damnified thereby. 

Also His Honor the Governor is hereby fully empowered and de- 
shed to grant and issue forth his warrant or commission with such 
needful instructions and directions as to him shall seem meet for the 
accomplishment thereof ; and to state and prefix the time when said 
work shall be begun and finished and the charge of the said Committee 
and those attending them shall be paid out of the general treasury. 
\Rliode Island Colonial Records Vol. 4, page f^/.] 

[March O, 172 2-3-1 Vpon the petition of Mr. Richard Brown 
and Jeremiah Browne It is voated and ordered that there shall be a 
Kevisal of that highway of two poles wide by the 1 8-foot pole ReLayed 
from the brooke neere Jeremiah Brownes Dwelling house to the high- 
way that Leads to Pawtuckett bridg; and that Coll. Joseph Jenckes 
and Justice Richard Brown shall take Care to |Re ll-ayj or Revise said 
way and make Returne of their preceedings to the next sitting of the 
Councill ; [Town Council Records No. 2, page ^8^ 

[July 27,1737.] Att a Towne quarter meeting held att Provi- 
dence this 27th day of July anno Dom 1727 — 

It is viated and ordered that Mr. William Turpin shall Rejiaier the 
Towns Pound and sett it up in sum Conveniant place upon the peice 
of Land that was stated for a burying palace and Traineing place and 
also to Repaiere the stocks and whiping post ; and have his pay out of 
the Towns Treasurey 

Tho meeting is desolved — [ Toti'n Meeting Records No. -fipagc /O.] 

[February 8,1747.] Voted that there be added to the public 
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the Proprietors Common Land ajoyning thereto as to make up the 
whole ten acres with what is already granted for that purpose and that 
Capt. Richard Sayles John Aldrich and Gideon Comstock are appointed 
a committee to survey and lay out the same and make return to the 
next meeting with an account of what common land there remains be- 
longing to the proprietors. [Proiddeiice Town Paper No. ogbS.^ 

[June 10, 1748,] Voted that whereas the committee that was 
appointed to inspect in and find out what common lands thereyet remains 
at the town of Providence adjoining to the burying place belonging to 
the proprietors made a report that they had not found any such land at 
that place and the committee present their account of thirty shillings 
due to each of them for their service amount to four pounds and ten 
shillings which is allowed and ordered to be paid to Capt Richard 
Sayles John Aldrich and Gideon Comstock the said Committee. 
\Pro\ndencc Town Paper No. ogb8.\ 

[Jannary 14, 1750.] At a Town Meeting held at Providence on 
ye second Munday of January being ye 14th of sd Month A. D. 1750 
being caled by warrant. 

Vfwn the Petition of John Anthony Angel Praying that the Town 
wold be pleased to grant him the Libirty of an acre or half of one Acre 
of Towns Land neare the burying Ground next adjoining to his own 
Land there in order to Jnlarge his gardin on such Conditions and for 
such Time as The Town shall think proper : Vpon Consideration 
Whereof it is Voated and Ordered by this Present meeting that the 
Prayer of said Petition be granted ; and That Cap.t Stephen Dexter 
Stephen Hopkins Esq. and Mr Elisha Brown be and they are hereby 
appointed to Jnspect into bound out and Lease vnto the said John 
Anthony 

Angel so much land that belongs to the Town not Exceeding one 
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ing foure years and that sd Angel is bound at the Expiration to deliver 
peacable possession to the Town or their order. [Town Meeting 
Records A'o. 5, page 2/.] 

[June 6, 1 7«3.] Voted and resolved that George Jackson, Samuel 
Ciirrie and James Angell or any 2 of them be a Committee to revise 
the bounds of the land granted by the Proprietors for a burying place 
and the lands up the river against the high bank together with a true 
representation of the grant of said Burying place and of all persons that 
are on the said lands & make report to the next Town Meeting. [Town 
Meeting Records Mo. 5, page lO^.] 

[August 30, 17«;j.] Voted that Mr. Nicholas Brown and John 
Jencks be added to the former Committee appointed to revise the 
bounds of the land granted for a burying place &cand that any three of 
said Committee are hereby ordered to make report agreeable to the 
former vote of the town at the next town meeting. [Town Meeting 
Records No. J, page 108.] 

[June 4, 1764.] Report. We the Subscribers being Appointed by 
the Town of Providence at their Meeting held in August Last To Revise 
the Bounds of the I.and Granted by the Proprietors for a Burying Place 
at their Meeting held on the Tenth of June 1700 at Which Meeting it 
was Granted Ordered Determined and Agreed and by these Presents 
Do hereby Order Determine and Agree that all those Common Lands 
Lying Between the Land Belongin To Archibald Walker Whereon he 
now Dwelleth and Southward to the Brook Which Runneth out of 
Samuel Whipple Senors his Land Whereon He now Dwelleth and East- 
ward with the Highway, and Westward and Northwestward with Mo- 
shausick River Shall Perpetually Lye in Common, for the Use afore- 
said and for other Publick uses as the Town Shall See Cause Not 
Damnifying 

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ye said Tract of Land in tlie Place and What Quantity three Men 
Which the Town Shall Make Choice off: Shall appoint and if any 
appropriated Lands Lying within the Bounds affore Specified be at any 
Time Laid Down to Common it shall Continually in Common Remain 
and Not be appropriated to any Person ; and former Act Order or 
Clause thereof to the Contrary hereof Notwithstanding, Now We the Sd 
Committee having Mett and Notified all Persons Claiming Lands 
Within the Bounds above Specified and Have Surveyed the Lands 
granted for Said use Beginning as follows To witt at the Corner of the 
Wall Near an Apple Tree on Benj'; Whipple Land then N 43 : E 40 : 
& 1 5 Links to the S W Corner of Jos Owens Wall : Thence North 3 5 
E, 70 Near an apple Tree thence North 32. E 46 : 32 Links by the 
Corner of the Wall by Herendens Lane then 5 Rods Across the Lane 
To the S W Corner of Jeremiah Dexters House Then ofsett 8 feet 
Westward and then the Course N 30: E 24; and 16 Links To the 
Corner of Dexters Wall, then North 27 E : To a Walnut Tree 39 Rods 
from thence N 42: W: 13: Rods across the Rhode to a Black Oak 
Tree Marked and an Bound of Archabald Walker's and now cut Down 
by Peter Randall, then W 18 : S 32 : to a Small burch Tree now cut 
Down, thence West 30: S 22 to a small white oak Marked then N 45 
W. ig To a Small White Marked, then W 28 : N 5 and Eight feet to 
a Small White Oak marked then : i 1/2 to a Small White oak Marked 
8 Rods & ten feet it Being James Clarks Comer ; Then S 29^ W 22 
Poles to five Large Stones, then S 8 W : 85 : To a Large Branch of 
Barbery Bushes for the end of the Ditch Belonging to Heirs of Bate- 
man then S 6 1/2 E : 35 : in the range of the Ditch till it Comes to the 
S E Comer of Elisha Browns House, then 3outh 6 r/2 E 15 : pole to 
the End of the Wall the East 8 ( ) S : to the first Mentioned Bound 
across the High way : And We do likewise Report, that Benj? Whipple, 
Benj* Cuzzens, William Brown John Healy, Luther, James Clark and 
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Pricked Lines in the map Herewith Presented ' Marked A Surveyed 
by Henry Harris Surveyor Providence June 4th 1764. 

James Angell 
Nath] Brown 
John Jenckes 
SamJ Currey 
At a Town Meeting held at Providence On the 4th Day of June 
1764 the Aforewith Report Was Accepted 
Test James Angeil Town Clerk. 

[Report on file tn case /JjS Supreme Court. Wlulden vs. Martin 
March term l8s2.] 

[Jane. 1765.] An Act for Dividing the Town of Providence. 

Be it Enacted by this General Assembly and by the Authority 
thereof It is Enacted That the said Town of Providence be, and the 
same is hereby divided into Two distinct and separate Towns : And 
that the Bounds of the Northern Part, hereby set off begin at the new 
Bridge, near to the Hill called Solitary-Hill ; thence bounding on 
Wanasquatucket River until it comes to the North West comer of the 
Town's Land at the East End of a Place called Forestack Meadow ; 
thence Easterly on a strait Line to the Middle of the Mill Bridge ; 
thence on a due East Line until it comes to Seaconck River, so 
called ; thence Northerly and bounding on said Seaconck River, until it 
comes to Smithfield Line; thence bounding by Smithtield Line until it 
comes to Johnston Line and thence bounded Westerly by Johnston 
Line until it comes to the aforesaid Solitary-Hill r That all the Lands 
included within the Limits aforesaid shall be and hereby are erected and 
made in to a Township, to be distinguished called and known by the 
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[September, 17«5.] Whereas Henry Harris Esq and Col. WiJliam 
Brown, presented into this Assembly the following Report and Account 
to wit : 

We the Subscribers being appointed, by the Hon. the General 
Assembly at June Session, A. D. 1765 to run the Line between the 
Town of Providence and North Providence did pursuant thereto, on the 
First Day of July A. D. 1765, meet at the North West Corner of a 
Lot of I^nd called the Towns Land, at the East End of a Place called 
Forestack Meadow ; and from thence we ran a Line East near Twenty 
two Degrees North, to the Middle of the Bridge called the Mill Bridge 
and erected several Monuments in said Line ; and from the Middle of 
said Mill-Bridge we ran a due East Line to Seaconck River, so called 
erecting Monuments, and marking Trees in said Line. 
Witness our Hands 

Henry Harris 
William Brown 
The Colony Dr- 

To our Time and Trouble in running the said Line ^0-12-0 And 
the Premises being duly considered. It is Voted and Resolved That the 
foregoing Report be accepted : That the Accoimt of the Committee be 
allowed; and that Twelve Shillings, Lawful money, being the amount 
thereof be paid the said Henry Harris and William Brown out of the 
General Treasury. [Aeis of General Assembly, September Session, 

[June, 17tt7.] Whereas divers Freeman of the Town of North 
Providence preferred a Petition and represented unto this Assembly, 
That by the late Division of the Town of Providence a large Number of 
Inhabitants belonging to the Compact Part of the Town of Providence^ 
were incorporated into the town of North Providence ; and that the 
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men and are thereby so much connected with the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Providence, that remaining in their present separated State is 
greatly to their Disadvantage ; and thereupon prayed. That that Part of 
the Town of North Providence heretofore commonly called the Compact 
Part, may be reunited to the Town of Providence from whence it was 
taken, by a strait Line beginning at the Southerly End of the Meadow 
called Four-Stack Meadow to the North West Comer of the burying 
Land, and then Easterly and Southerly by said burying ground as by 
the Plat thereof, until it comes to the Lane called Herrington's Lane, 
then Easterly by the North Side of said Lane 'til it meets with the 
South West Comer of the Land of Joseph Olney then crossing said 
Lane due South until it comes to the South Side of said Lane, then 
extending Easterly as said Lane runs bounding Northerly by said Lane 
until it comes to the dividing Luie between the Land of William Brown 
and Phineas Brown ; and then by said Line Easterly to Seaconck River : 
and further prayed, That the Inhabitants of the Town of North Provi- 
dence may forever have and enjoy the full, constant and free Use, 
Privilege and Improvement of the said burying Ground, for burying 
their dead making Monuments for the same; and for mustering their 
Trained Band and exercising their Soldiers, thereon and also further 
prayed That the aforesaid North Part of the Town of North Providence 
when reunited to Providence may be forever indemnified from any 
Charge or Expence that may accrue to the Town of Providence on 
account of their not paying the Two last Rates imposed on said Town 
And the foregoing Petition being duly considered, Be it Enacted by 
this General Assembly, and by the Authority thereof It is Enacted, That 
the same be and hereby is granted. [Acts of General Assembly, June 
Session, 1767, pages 41 # 42. 

[July 1, 1771-1 At a Town Meeting Held at Providence on the 
1st Day of July A. D. 1771 by adjournment and Warrant. 



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Voted that the Committee appointed to Regulate persons in Erect- 
ing Buildings and Fences, repaire to Peter Randall and Order him to 
Desit building his wall on the Land Layed out for a Public Burying 
place and if he refuse to Remove the same then the Said Committee 
have hereby Directed to have him the Said peter Randall Indited for 
the same. [ Town Meeting Records No. 5, Page ^79-] 

Uuly 8, 1771.] At a Town Meeting held at Providence by and- 
joumment on the 8th Day of July A. D. 1771 and Likewise by warrant. 
We the subscribers agreable to our appointment at the Last meet- 
ing have Repaired to peter Randall and have Desired him to Desist 
building his wall on the burying ground which he promises to Comply 
with. 

I Angel). 

Ben) Uan. 

John Brown. 
[ Town Meeting Records No. 5, page l8o.\ 

[January 4, 1773.] To the Honorable Town Council of North 
Providence in the county of Providence and at their sitting on ^turday . 
the 4th of January A. D. 1772, 

The petition of us the subscribers humbly showeth that whereas 
there was formerly a highway ordered to be laid out over the bridge 
now called Dexter's bridge northerly along by Capt John Powers house 
but by return of said way there seems a great mistake from a pine tree 
now the corner of Christopher Dexters land which rangeth N 20 D 
west 346 poles thence N 1 3 D east 90 poles to Youngs now where 
Capt Power lives which course and distance carryes the highway where 
no teams could go. Therefore it is prayed your Honors will order a 
Committee to begin at a stump by Peter Randalls house and relay said 
road to Smithfield line as near where it was intended as they can. And 
your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. 

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I the subscriber do sign the above petition with this proviso to begin 
at the first mentioned bound and run the same courses as is run in the 
ortgina) return & where said mistake is to rectify the same. 

Jos Dexter. 
John Tucker. 

Mr. Jonathan Pike and others presented a petition to this council 
requesting that tlie said council would choose a committee to revise 
and relay the road that leads from Providence to Smithfield by the 
house of Capt. John Powers whereupon the council granted the same 
and appointed Capt. Eseck Hopkins Gideon Jenckes & John Comstock 
Esq. a Committee to relay said road and make report to this Council, 

At a town Council held in North Providence in the county of Provi- 
dence on January ye 4th A. D. 1772 the above petition was laid before 
said Council and the said petition being considered it is granted and 
Capt. Eseck Hopkins, Gideon 'Jenckes & John Comstock were appointed 
a Committee to relay said way who are to begin at the stump mentioned 
in said petition & lay the said road as near as they can where the original 
way was laid. All which is promised to be done without cost to the 
town and make return to this council as soon as may be. 

The above and aforegoing petition with the proceedings of the 
town Council thereon was recorded. January 4 A D 1772. Hope 
Angell Council Clerk. {North Providence Probate Records No. I, page 
10/.] 

[June 20, 1772.] At a town council held in North Providence m 
the county of Providence on the 2otb day of June A. D. 1772 

Capt. Eseck Hopkins & John Comstock Esq two of the committee 
appointed for laying the highway that leads from the Burying place 
over Dexters Bridge by the widow Martha Powers to Smithfield line 
presented a return of said highway to the above said town council that 
agreeable to their appointment they met on the sixth day of June A. D. 
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J. Thomas Whipple Justice of the Peace & Jonathan Pike town sergent 
and surveyed marked & bounded said highway from the Burying place 
to Smithfield line ; and the said return being read & no objection being 
made it is voted accepted Witness Hope Angell Town Clerk. \North 
Providence Probate Reeords No. I, page 112.] 

[November 38, 1773.} At a town council held in North Provi- 
dence in the county of Providence on the twenty eighth day of Novem- 
ber A. D. 1773. 

Voted that John Tucker surveyor of that district of Highway that 
goes over the bridge called Dexters Bridge to Smithfield together with 
Jonathan Pike town sergent are hereby requested to remove such fence 
or other incumbrance within ten days from this date as are erected 
within the bounds of said highway which bounds were erected and 
established by Messrs Escck Hopkins John Comstock & Gideon Jenckes 
who were a Committee appointed for that purpose by this Council. 
Witness Hope Angel) Council Clerk. [JVoti/i Providence Probate Rec- 
ords .\<i. /, page, 1/2.] 

[June 3, 1776.] At a Town Meeting of the Town of Providence 
held on the First Monday in June A. D, 1776. 

Voted thai Messrs John Jenckes Jabez Bowen, Nicholas Brown 
Ebenezer Thompson John Smith Col James Angell Col John Mathew- 
son and Benoni Pearce Esq r be appointed a Committee to run out the 
Bounds of the Towns burying Land- To Calculate the Expense of 
erecting a Stone Wall around the same and to make Report thereof to 
the next Town Meeting. [Town Meeting Records No. 6, pages 42 ^ 44-\ 

[November 'i^, 1776.1 At a town council held in North Provi- 
dence in the county of Providence on the twenty third day of November 
A. D. 1776. 

Whereas, the committee that was appointed by the town council of 
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day of May A. D. 1776 to revise or relay the bounds of the highway 
leading from the post road by Peter Randall Esq. over the bridge called 
Dexters to Smithfield line the last survey made some error, as their 
courses do not agree with the bounds and as the owners of the land 
which said way runs through are about fencing in their said land they 
have requested of this council to appoint a committee to relay & revise 
the bounds of said way. Whereupon it is voted by this council that Mr. 
Gideon Jenckes, Capt. Job Olney & Major Thomas Olney be & are 
hereby appointed to relay & revise said way as near agreeable to the 
bounds of the last survey as possible & make report of their proceedings 
at the next meeting of this Council. And that William Bagley Esq. 
be appointed to attend said Committee as Justice of the peace & Jona- 
than Pike town sergent is also appointed to attend said committee in 
relaying & revising said highway. The above written voted & past. 
[North Providence Probate Records No. I, page fj8.] 

[March 22, 1 777.] Report. We the subscribers being appointed 
by the Town Council of North Providence on the twenty third day of 
November A. D. 1776 to revise the bounds of the road leading from 
the Post Road over Dexter Bridge so called to Smithfield line ; in 
obedience to our appointment we met on the sbith day of December A. D. 
1 776 and set off at a large black oak stump standing near Peter Ran- 
dalls Esq. well ranging N. 5 D. E. 9 rods to the middle of said Randalls 
shed then N. 4 D, W. 40 rods wanting seven links to a wild cherry tree 
then N. 40 D. W. 25 rods to a stake & stones near the little bridge 
then N. 54 D. W. 1 1 Rods to a stake & stones about it, then N. 27J 
D. W. 1 1 rods acrost the river to a stake & stones, then N. 16 D. E. 31 
rods wanting two feet to a stake & stones, then N. 16 W. 8 rods to a 
long stone set in the ground then N 50 D. W. 1 5 rods to a stone sett 
in the ground then W. 24 D. N. 21 rods to a heap of stones at the cor- 
ner of the fence then N. 41 D. W. 14 rods to a poplar tree marked 
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N. io| D. W. lo rods to a stone set in the ground then N. 13I D. W. 
49 rods to a stone sett in the ground then N. 16 D. W. 20 rods to a large 
pine tree marked by the comer of Christopher Dexters fence then N. 
33 U. VV. 22 rods to a stone sett in the ground by Jno. Tuckers dwelling 
house then N. 18 D. W. 22 rods to a stone sett up then N. 21 D. W. 106 
nxls to the stones by Owens fence about six feet north of a black oak 
stub in said fence then N. 14 D. W. 30 rods to a stake & three stones 
sett in the ground then N. 4 D. E, 30 rods to a large red oak tree 
marked then N. 10 D. E. 32 rods to a stone sett in the ground by Dur- 
feys bush fence then N. 30 D. E. 58 rods ranging with a large oak tree 
to a stone sett in the ground then North 30 D. W. to Smithfield line. 

Be it remembered that the said road lyeth on the east side of the 
above boundaries, and layed the same wedth that it was layed by Esek 
Hopkins Esq' John Comstock Esq' and Mr Gideon Jencks which fully 
appear by their return and plan of said road 

All which is submitted to your honors by your humble servants. 
N. Providence Thomas Olney 

March 22, 1777. Job Olney 

Gideon Jenks 
{Norl/i Pmvidenc£ Council and Probate Records A, page f^f.] 

[March 31. 1777.1 At a town council held in North Providence 
county of Providence on the 31st day of March 1777 the within written 
return of Highway being laid before said Council and the same being 
considered it is allowed to be good and lawful return and order it to be 
recorded. 

Pr. Hope Angell Council Clk. \Nortk Providence Council and Pro- 
bate Records A, page IJI."] 

[April 21, 1784.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence Legally assembled on the 21st Day of April A. D. 

1784- 

Whereas it is represented to this Meeting that the Highway between 
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Crooked and in some Places Too Narrow and that it will greatly Benefit 
the Publick to have the same Widened- It is therefore Voted and 
Resolved That the same Committee take the same into Consideration 
and Report what they shall think best to be done thereon to the next 
Town Meeting {Note Wm Wheaton. Amos Atwell and James Arnold 
Esq are the Committee referred to.) [Town Meeting Records No. J, 
pages 14 ^ /O.] 

[June 7, 1 784.] At a Town Meeting of the Freeman of the Town 
of Providence Legally assembled at the State House in said Providence 
on Monday the Seventh Day of June A. D. 1784. 

The Committee appointed on the 21 st Day of April Last to take 
into Consideration the propriety and Expediency of Straightening and 
Widening the Highway between the Dwelling House of Amasa Gray 
and the Burying Place made Report as on File. Which Report is 
Referred for further consideration. 

Resolved, That the committee lately appointed to revise Benefit 
street be also now appointed with John Jencks Esq. a committee to 
Revise and ascertain the Width and Boundaries of the highways from 
where the highway parts from that leading over Mill Bridge to Heren- 
dens lane. That they also ascertain the boundaries of the Burying place 
and lay out in and round the same proper lanes or avenues for passing 
in and through the same not to be filled up and to estimate the expense 
of walling in the said Burying place and report the whole to the Town 
Meeting as soon as may be. [Town Meeting Records No. 7, pages 18 

[October 21, and November 4, 1784.] Journal and Report of the 
Town's Committee for surveying the Street from Doctor Arnolds 
Northward: The Burying Ground and Benefit Street. — 1785 — 

2 1st of the 1 0th Month 1784 

Began to survey the street taking our set off from the weather 
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■ • • • -j-j^g Street here is 49 feet across to the N. W, Corner of 
John Turpins Widow's House. From Randall's Comer N. 17^ E. 323 
feet to the Corner of Timothy Sheldons Shop adjoining his House, 
thence N. 17 E. to the N. E. Corner of the Pentis of Nash's House 
153 feet. The lane here leading to the River should be two poles or 
33 feet wide but said House appears to be roj feet on the Lane allow- 
ing 100 feet for the two Lots. The Street here is 50 feet wide from 
the Corner of said Pentis to the S. E. Corner of Moses Brown's House 
where Amasa Gray lives, N. 20 E. 181 feet (Note This distance is 
probably 281 feet See map made by Wm. S. Haines April i860.) the 
Street here is 52 feet wide. 

From the said Corner to the S. E. Corner of William Smith's Lot 
N. 22^ E. 483 Feet, from thence N. 1 1 E. to Moses Brown's Lot loi 
Feet; Thence N. t E. 77 Feet taking off 12 Feet from their peaked 
Comer, which continues the Road 52 F'eet, the same width it is back 
Brown's part of the Land he agrees to give for accomodating the Road, 
and we now recommend that Smith's part be paid for to the full value 
of the damages, agreeable to Law and Equity. From the last course 
N. 2j W. 78 Feet to the Water Course, thence to the S. E. Corner 
of Peter Randall's House North of the Lane leading to Thurber's 
MUls N. 8 W. 343 Feet. 

For the road over round and through the Burying Ground hill, see 
the Piatt ' thereof herewith presented. 

4th of the I ith month 1784, 

Began to survey the Burying Ground, setting off at the South end 
of Aaron Mason's Wall. N. 32^ E. 20 Pole to an apple Tree, thence N. 
31 E. 47 p 5 L. to the N. W. Comer of Amos Allen's Lot at Herren- 
den's Lane, thence across the Lane N. 27 E. 7 Poles to the South end 
of Jeremiah Dexter's Wall, which is in range with the North end of his 
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Rods along said Wall and Dexter's fence. From this station we pro- 
pose to the Town to apply to North Providence to have the Road moved 
or widened, up the Hill Eastward, to save a short Crook of going down 
and coming up again the Hill, then course would be N. 28 E. 37 Poles 
1 5 Links to an old white Oak in the Wall from whence back to the 
great walnut, an old bound is S. 38 W. 12 poles 20 Links. N. 17 E, 
23 poles 5 L. as Dexter's fence now stands, N. 67 E. 3 poles 20 Links 
to a large Walnut, an old bound N. 43 W. across the Road 1 3 poles 18 
Links to Peter Randall's Well-Crotch being at or near the old bound of 
the last running as we can find. 

W. 20 S. 32 Poles to a heap of Stones in the fence on the Hill, W. 30 
S. 21 Poles IS L. to a white Oak, W. 45 N. 18 Poles 5 L. to a white 
Oak. W. 26 N. 5 Poles 5 L. to a white Oak W. ij N. 8J Poles to a 
white Oak, formerly Clark's now Cozzens Comer, S. 29 W. 22 poles to 
a heap of stones. S. 6 W, 84 poles to a post in a bunch of Barberry 
Bushes. S. 1^ W. 8 poles to a Post in the Bank of a ditch. S 8^ E. 
27 Poles to the S. E. Corner of Peter Randall's House, S 8 E. 15 
poles to a Post in Moses Browns Fence N. 67 E. 5 Poles 23 L. across 
the Road to the N. W. Corner of Amasa Gray's Shop and Timothy 
Mason's Land which he agrees to be bound Thence N. 36 E, 7 Poles 
2 Links to the N. W. Corner of Benjamin Cozzens Jun's new House 
thence to the first bound being the Scale Line, which by the Piatt is 
N. 46 E, 28 Poles 5 Links. Mr. Luther, Comfort Eddy, Aaron Mason 
and Peter Randall have encroachments on the Bury ing-G round to be 
decyphered on the Platts, where also the cross-allys are decyphered. 
[Boo/t of Street Courses, pages JO, JI ^ J2.] 

[June 6, 17S5.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the State House 
on the 6th Day of June A. D. 1785. 

Resolved That the Committee appointed to Revise the Boundaries 
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to Exchange Land with those who have made Encroachments on the 
Burying Place for other Land or to agree for Pecuniary Compensation. 
[ Town Meeting Records No. J, pages J^ jf- J^.] 



[ Jaly 20, 1 785.] At a Town Meeting of the Freeman of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and holden on the 29th Day of 
July A. D. 1785. 

Whereas it will be greatly to the Advantage of the Publick to Widen 
the Road or Highway leading down the Burying Place Hill towards 
Boston near North Providence Line and to lay out the Road further 
Eastward as thereby the Steepness of the Hill may be avoided and the 
Road be made more Straight It is therefore Voted That the same Com- 
mittee who have lately Revised the Road in the Northerly part of the 
Town be and they hereby are appointed to make Application to the 
Town Council of North Providence Requesting them to Widen or lay 
out said Highway further I-^astward accordingly so as to make the same 
as commodious as possible and that the said Committee be Empowered 
to Negotiate and Transact any Matters which may be necessary for 
accomplishing the aforesai<l Business. [ Toivn Meeting Records Xo. 7, 
page 40.] 

( July 29, 1 78fi.] Whereas the honorable Jabez Bowen Esq, Mr 
Moses Brown and John Jenckes Esq. and Ebenezer Thompson Esq. 
the Committee who were appointed to Revise Benefit Street and ascer- 
tain and Establish proper Boundaries; to ascertain the Width and 
Boundaries of the street or Highway where it parts with that leading 
over Mill Bridge to Herrendens Lane to ascertain the Boundaries of 
the Burying Place &c having gone through that Business this Day pre- 
sented their Report of their Proceedings therein with a Plat of the 
Burying Ground wherein is Decyphered the road and allies over Round 
and across the same &c as on File and the said Report having Now 
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It is thereupon Voted and Resolved that the said Report be Received. 
[ Town Meeting Records A'o. J, page /?. ] 

[October, I78S.] An Act for the Removal of the Remains and 
Monuments in certain Burying Lots, and for the Sale or Exchange 
of those Lots, under the Direction of the Town Council of the Town 
of Providence. 

Whereas the first Settlers of the Town of Providence were in the 
Practice of burying the Dead in small yards in their own Lots, before 
the present large public Ground was laid out for that Purpose; but 
from the general Disapprobation of continuing to bury in such Lots, 
they have been for many years disused : And whereas, by the Increase 
of the said Town, divers Streets and Lanes have been laid out with 
which some of those Burying Lots interfere ; and by Reason of their 
being left by Will, or reserved in Deeds for the purpose of Burying- 
Lots, they may continue for a long Time an Interruption And as in 
some Instances Doubts arise in Respect to the Right of those Decend- 
ants who have kept up the said Burying-Lots, to remove the Remains 
and Monuments to the common Burying-Ground, or into other Lots. 
Be it therefore Enacted by this General Assembly, and by the Authority 
thereof it is hereby Enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the 
Town Council of the Town of Providence to make Inspection into the 
several private Burying Lots in the said Town, and such as they shall 
judge most for the public's Benefit to have removed, that they signify 
the same to the Person or Persons who hold the said Lots in Possession, 
or have been St the Expence of keeping up the Monuments and advise 
whether the same be exchanged for the same Quantity of Land in 
another Place, to remain under the same Tenure and Government as 
the other, and the Monuments and Remains to be removed therein ; or 
otherwise that they be removed to the common Burying-PIace belong- 
ing to the said Town, as the said 'i'own Council shall think most proper, 
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therein according to the Advice and Direction of the said Town Council, 
shall be good and valid to all Intents and Purposes. [Ac/s of Genera/ 
Assembly, October Session, 1^8$, page 21. ^ 

(June 18, 1787.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and held at the State House on 
Monday the Eighteenth Day of June A. D. i;8;. 

Resolved That the Committee to prevent Encroachments on the 
Streets &c be directed to inform the Persons who have encroached on 
the Common at the North PInd of the Town that they will be prose- 
cuted unless they remove their P'ences off the said Common as soon as 
they have harvested what is now growing thereon. \Town Meeting 
Records No. J, pages III .f- //J.] 

[August 25, 1 789.1 At a Town Meeting of the P'reemen of the 
Town of Providence legally assembled at the State House in said Town 
on Tuesday the 25th Day of August A. D. 1789. 

Resolved That Messrs John Brown, Aaron Mason and Jeremiah 
Olney be and they are hereby appointed a Committee to, view the 
Burying Ground at the North End of the Town to enquire in what 
Manner the Town holds the same and whether any Encroachments are 
made thereon : 

That they cause the said Burying Ground to be laid out in a proper 
Manner and platted: That they estimate what Part of the same it will 
be necessary to sell in order to enclose the Remainder with a Fence 
and also ascertain what sort of Fence it will be most suitable and ad- 
vantageous for the Town to make and that they make Report at the 
next Meeting. [Town Meeting Records No. 7, page I5$.\ 

[October 1», 1 789.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally assembled by Virtue of an Act of Assembly 
on Monday the Nineteenth Day of October A. D. 1789. 

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for viewing the Burying Ground &c be and they are hereby Continued 
and that they make Report at the Adjournment of this Meeting. 
[Town Meeting Records No. J, page l6/.] 

[April «, 1701.] At a Town Council held in & for the Town of 
Providence on the 6th day of April A. D. 1791 at the State House 

Whereas Sufficient Bond has been given to the Town Treasurer to 
Indemnify & save harmless the Town of Providence from any Advance 
of Money, Cost, Charge, Expence or Damage that may Accrue or Arise 
by Reason of this Council immediately laying out opening & making 
passable a Road al the North Entrance of the Town 
It is Thereupon Resolved That Messrs. Christopher Sheldon John Dor- 
rance & Zephaniah Brown be & they are hereby appointed a Committee 
to lay out a Road or highway at the North Entrance of the Town. 
That they begin at the north west Corner of the House where Amasa' 
Gray now lives & thence Run on a straight Line to the Corner of the 
Wall, fifteen and an half feet West from the North west Comer of 
Jeremiah Dexters House, That They lay the said Road or Highway 
Fifty feet wide on the West side of the aforesaid Line That the said 
Committee proceed to survey bound & mark out said Highway. That 
they agree with the Owners of the Land for the Damages they shall 
sustain b) Reason of such Highway passing through their Land. That 
They Cause an Exact Draught or Plan thereof to be made & make 
Return thereof & of their whole Doings in Writing under their Hand & 
Seals to this Council as soon as may be & that James Arnold Esq. be 
Requested asa Justice of the peace & the Town Serjeant be directed to 
Attend the said Committee. [Tomn Coutuil Records No. 6, page I$S-\ 

[April 11, 1701.] At a Town Council held in & for the Town of 
Providence on the i ith day of April 1791. 

Resolved That Col. Zephaniah Andrews & Col. Amos Atwell be & 
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Instant for laying out the Road at the north Entrance of the Town in 
the R(«)m of Mess^ Christopher Sheldon & Zephaniah Brown who have 
declined And that said Committee proceetl on the Business of their 
appointment agreeably to the said Resolution of the 6th Inst. [To7vh 
Council Records No. 6, page /J^.] 

[May 14, ] 7»t.] Whereas the Council met in Pursuance of their 
adjournment to take into Consideration the Report of the Committee 
appointed on the 6th & 1 1 th days of April last to lay out a Road or 
Highway at the north Entrance of the Town which Report is in the 
words following to wit, We the subscribers being appointed by the 
Hon'''' Town Council of Providence on the i ith day of April last a 
Committee to lay out a Highway at the north End of said Providence 
on the west side of a strait Line from the North west Corner of the 
House where Amasa Gray now dwells to the stone wall of Jeremiah 
Dexters being 15^ feet west of his dwelling House do Report that We 
have preceeded on the Business According to the orders of Council & 
present this as a plat of the same. 



Providence May 9th 1791. 



Zephaniah Andrews. L. S. 
Jn° Dorrance. L. S. 

Amos Atwell. L, S. 



Here follows the assessment of damages and allowances to the 

s abuttors. 

It is further Resolved that the same be Accepted. [Town Council 
Records No. 6, page /60.] 

[August 30, 1 701 .] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the State House 
on Tuesday the 30th Day of August A. D. 1791. 

Resolved That in Case the Town of North Providence will lay out a 
Road straight or nearly so from Mr Jeremiah Dexter's this Towm will 
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now requires this Town to support said Road Northward in its present 
travelling Rout : And that Mr Samuel Thurber Junr be appointed to 
Communicate this Resolution to the Town Council of North Providence 
and request their Concurrence and Assistance in laying out and making 
the said Road passable. [Town Meeting Records No. J,pages2l6 ^ 
320.] 

[October I, 17»1.] At a Town Council held in North Providence 
in the county of Providence &c. October ist A. D. 1791 agreeable to 
the appointment of September sth A. D. 1791. The Committee 
therein named attended by Caleb Jenks as Justice of the Peace & Jona- 
than Pike as Town Sergeant on Wednesday the 21st day of September 
Inst repaired to the lands through which the proposed alteration was 
requested to be made & carefully considered the situation & circum- 
stances thereof & having previously notified all persons concerned in 
this business had an oppurtunity of hearing the sentiments of those 
immediately concerned in both towns respecting the place where and 
how far into North Providence th*: road ought to be straightened & 
laid and also concerning the width of the same. The Committee after 
duly deliberating on the subject & weighing to the best of our judg- 
ment the public & private interest do report that the road from the 
dividing line between the two towns ought to be straight or very nearly 
so as far northward as the widow Marcy Dexters garden the south east 
corner thereof ; and accordingly we have laid the same ; the Committee 
as to the width of this road are clearly of opinion that it ought to be 
fifty feet wide ; but in making up our judgment on this matter we have 
a reference to the new road lately laid out by the town of Providence 
which is fifty wide and it is the opinion of the Committee that the 
road farthur north which is only a continuation of this need not of 
necessity be any wider; but as the Committee considers this road to be 
the greatest avenue from the other states into this & by far the most 
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situation of this state in relation to the adjoining ones & the whole 
union are of opinion that more than fifty feet would be necessary for a high- 
way so circumstanced. The Committee on examining their commissions 
find it to originate from or refer to a former vote of this Council of this 
town & also to a vote of & petition from the town of Providence in 
which petition it is desired that the road be laid straight or nearly so from 
Mr Jeremiah Dexters northward & in the said former vote of Council it 
is agreed to lay out the said road from the dividing line between the two 
towns ; The committee therefore suppose they will be within their com- 
mission if they begin their first line at the intersection of the east line 
of the said new road & the dividing line between the two towns running 
eastward from Mr Jeremey Dexters from thence straight to the south 
end of said Dexters wall which is fifteen feet six inches westward from 
the northeast corner of his house ; thence northward with the said wall 
to the north end thereof; from thence north 29J degrees east one hun- 
dred forty eight rods& eight tenths to a certain point which the Commit- 
tee agrees shall be fifty feet eastward from the said southeast corner of the 
garden aforesaid & so situated that the said fifty feet shall be perpen- 
dicular to the said line from the north end of said Dexters wall. The 
Committee have agreed with Mr Jeremiah Dexter for the land taken 
from him to accomodate this road & do agree that he shall have eight 
pounds lawful silver money & also to have his fence now on the west of 
the east line of said road moved & set on the said east line & made as 
good and durable fence as it now is; and in case any of the stuff whether 
rails posts or stones shall be either broken damaged or lost in moving 
or remaking said fence or in first making the said road passable then in 
that case the fencing is to be replaced and the fence made good without 
expense to Mr Dexter Mr Edward Smith as guardian to Joseph Dex- 
ter declined making any bargain respecting said Dexters land taken for 
this read & therefore the matter is referred to the Honorable Council 
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In witness whereof we the said committee have set or hands & 
seals this 28th day of Sept. A. D. 1791. 

Caleb Jenks. 
Thomas Olney Jr. 
Jeremiah Sayles. 

This council taking all matters into consideration respecting the 
report of CaJeb Jencks Esq, Mr Jeremiah Sayles & Capt Thomas Olney 
Jr. of straightening the road between Providence & North Providence 
after hearing the parties concerning the premises &c. do accept said 
report & adjudge the damage done to Joseph Dexter estate by means 
of altering said road to be eight pounds eight shillings lawful silver 
money which together with the eight pomids the said committee agreed 
to give Mr Jeremiah Dexter for the damage done his estate & also the 
expense of moving all fences agreeable to the report of said committee 
which is to be understood that all the fence & wall on the said Joseph 
Dexters land on said road be moved in the same manner as is expressed 
in the report of said Committee respecting that of Jeremiah Dexter. 
Therefore it is voted that whenever the aforesaid sums are respectively 
paid to Jeremiah Dexter & Edward Smith guardian to the said Joseph 
Dexter said road shall be opened & continued forever thereafter upon 
its being made passable agreeable to a former vote of this Council of the 
2 1 St of February A. D. 1791. Voted that the clerk of this Council 
transmit a copy of said report together with this vote to the clerk of the 
town council of Providence as soon as may be. 

N. B. Mr Edward Smith did not Act as one of the council being ' 
guardian to the said Joseph Dexter ; all which is ordered to be recorded 
with the report of said committee. 

Witness Ezekiel Whipple Council Clerk. 
Providence Octol>er 26th A. D. 1791. 

Whereas the Honorable Town Council of North Providence have 
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Pawtucket so as to take some of the farm belonging to Joseph Dexter 
for the use of said road which said land so taken has been by said 
Council valued at eight pounds four shillings lawful money I Edward 
Smith of said North Providence guardian to the person & estate of said 
Joseph Dexter do hereby acknowledge to have received for the use of 
said Joseph the said sum of eight pounds four shillings in good silver 
lawful money of Samuel Thurber JunT of Providence as agent for John 
Brown Esqr & others who subscribed the same. 

Signed in presence of have signed two receipts of the 

Benjamin Wheaton i same tenor & dates one of which 

Jacob Winslow ) is to be lodged in the Town Clerks 

office in Providence the other in 

the Town Clerks office in North 

Providence 

Edward Smith. 
N. B. The above receipt was 
laid before the Council & they I 

ordered the same to be recorded. \ 

Pr Ezekiel Whipple I 
Council Clerk. ' 
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[June 1, 1795.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the Town 
of Providence legally assembled at the State House in said Town on 
the first Monday of June A. D. 1795 being the first Day of the Month. 

Resolved that Amos Atwell John Brown and John Smith be and 
they are hereby appointed a Committee to enquire into and ascertain 
the Terms upon which a Strip of I^nd One hundred feet in Depth 
being part of the North Buring Ground adjoining Westerly on the 
New Road leading from the North End of this Town holding that 
Depth and extending parallel with that Road can be exchang'd for an 
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Ground and that said Commitiee make Report as soon as may be, 
[Town Meeting Records No. Jt pages Jj6 .|- 344.'] 

[August 25, I7»fi.l Report. We the subscribers being appointed 
by the Freemen of the Town of Providence in Town Meeting assembled, 
a Committee to enquire into and report the terms on which a Strip of 
Land one hundred feet wide being part of the North Burying Ground 
adjoining the new Road leading from the North End of this Town and 
on the west side of the same can be exchanged for other lands Ijing on 
the west side of said Burying Ground do report That it is our Opinion 
an Exchange somewhat similar to that mentioned will be of great utility 
to this Town that to layout a street fifty feet wide from the North End of 
said Burying Ground to the south end of the same on a straight line and 
nearly parallel with the said new read so as to leave a Strip of land 
between the two streets one hundred and forty feet wide the whole 
length of the same for the purpose of house lots etc. will be extremely 
convenient and greatly accomodate that Part of the Town ; that the said 
strip of Land is not commodious for burying Ground the same being 
mostly very uneven. 

That the Land adjoining the Burying Ground on the West is made 
more suitable for the purpose of a Burying place and we are informed 
may be purchased to good advantage, but have not conferred with the 
owners for the purpose. 

Within the said strip is a piece of land adjoining Mr Aaron Masons 
land about 252 feet long and about 75 feet wide at the south End and 
at the North End extends from one street to the other which we recom- 
mend may be sold the said Mason for £2^ as the same can be of little 
use to any other person. We also recommend that the town petition 
the Honorable General Assembly for a grant or an act of the same for 
the purpose of selling & purchasing the Lands as aforesaid, which we 
humbly submit etc. 

Amos Atwell 
John Smith 
John Brown. 
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And the said Report being duly considered it is thereupon resolved that 
the same be received and that the aforenamed Committee together with 
Moses Brown be authorized and requested to layout the street as the 
same is therein dehneated to cause a plat thereof to be taken and to 
furnish the Deputies from this Town therewith for the purpose of assist- 
ing them in an application to the Hon. General Assembly as recom- 
mended in said report. [Town Mteting Records No. J, page 353-\ 

[October, 17»5.] Whereas the inhabitants of th« Town of Provi- 
dence preferred a petition and represented unto this assembly that in 
June Town Meeting A. D. 179S a Committee was raised for the pur- 
pose of enquiring into and reporting the terms on which a strip of 
land One Hundred feet in width being part of the North Burying 
Ground could be exchanged for other land lying on the West side of 
the said Burying Ground and in pursuance of their appointment the said 
Committee made report as follows : 
We the Subscribers etc. • « • * 

And whereas the aforesaid Petitioners further represented that at 
the same August Meeting said Report was received and the following 
vote passed thereon to wit :^"And the said report being duly consid- 
ered it is thereupon resolved that the same he received and that the 
aforenamed committee with Moses Brown be authorized and requested 
to lay out the street as the same is therein delineated to cause a plat 
thereof to be taken and to furnish the Deputies from the Town there- 
with for the purpose of assisting them in an application to the Honorable 
General Assembly as recommended in said report " 

And whereas the said petitioners did thereupon pray this assembly 
that they may be empowered to lay out the said street agreeably to the 
plat with the said petition presented and also to make Sale of that part 
of the said Burying Ground, or to exchange the same in conformity to the 
aforesaid Report and that they may also be empowered to erect a suit- 
able fence around the whole of the land now appropriated, or that may 
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On due consideration whereof It is voted and Resolved that the 
Prayer of the Petitioner in the aforecited petition contained be and the 
same is hereby granted. [Ac/so/ Generai Assembly, October Session, 

[June «, 1 7(>6.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the Town 
of Providence legally warned and assembled at the Town House on the 
first Monday of June A. D. 1796 being the sixth Day of the Month. 

Voted that the Treasurer of this Town execute a Deed to Aaron 
Mason of a strip of Land adjoining the North Burying Ground in Pur- 
suance of an authority granted to this Town by an Act of the General 
Assembly at their October Session A. D. 1795 and that he take in 
Payment the sum of twenty five pounds by Way of Discount out of the 
Monies to be jjiiid by the Town to Moses Brown for the Lands to be 
purchased of him agreeably to the aforesaid Act of Assembly. 

Voted that the Treasurer receive a Deed of Moses Brown of the 
eight Acres of I-and mentioned in the Act aforesaid for the Uses to 
which the f.ands there were originally appropriated at the Rate of 
thirty Dollars per Acre and after deducting the twenty five pounds 
aforesaid give his Note on Interest to the said Moses Brown for the 
Balance. [ Town Meeting Records No. 7, pages J67 ^ J7J.] 

[June 21, 1796.] Moses Brown to Town of Providence->240. 
Warranty. A certain lot of land containing eight acres more or 4ess 
lying in said Town adjoining westerly on Moshassuch River four rods 
and on my other land, northerly on Benj" Cozzens land, easterly on the 
Town's burying Ground and southerly on my other land. 

Beginning at a stone in the ground at the S. K. corner and runs West 
S' So. i-^-^-^ poles to a stone in the ground thence N. 13 1/2 E. 23-j^g 
poles lo another stone, thence N 39 W %A^^ poles to the River along 
which four rods to Cozzen's and my corner, thence along our line E. 10 
So, to the line of the aforesaid Burying Ground, thence S. 7' W 38-^ 
rods to a Barberry bush with a stone in it, thence S. 6 E. igj rods to 



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the first bound ; to be understood according to agreement that all the 
fence standing on the line is to be moved and belonging to the grantor. ' 
[Veed Book 24, page 266.] 

[June 23, 1 796.] Town of Providence to Aaron Mason $83.33^ — 
Warranty 

One certain lot of land situated lying and being in the northerly 
part of sad Providence on the westwardly side of the new street or 
highway leading out of town, bounded and described as follows, to wit, 
b^inning at a point on said new street parallel with the north cast 
corner of Obadiah Mason's shop, thence running northwardly bounding 
eastwardly on said new street sixty feet, thence turning and running 
westwardly at right angles with said street one hundred and forty feet 
to the eastermost line of a fifty feet street, bounding northwardly on 
the Town's land, thence turning and running southwardly bounding 
westwardly on said fifty feet street to a point opposite to and twelve 
feet west of the north west corner of a dwelling house built by Comfort 
Eddy on the Burying Ground, thence turning and running easterly to 
the south west comer of land sold by the grantee to his son Obadiah 
Mason, thence bounding southerly on said Obadiah Mason's land to the 
first mentioned point. [Dt-ed Book A'o. 24, page 25g.] 

(April 19, 1 707.1 At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence assembled according to I^w at the Town House 
in said Town on the nineteeth Day of April A. D. 1 797. 

Voted that Mess Ebenezer Thompson and Daniel Anthony be and 
they are hereby appointed a Committee for the purpose of ascertaining 
and running the true Lines between the Land of Benjamin Cozzens Jun. 
at the North End of this Town and the Burying Ground. 

Voted that Messrs Moses Brown Joseph Tillinghast and Joel Met- 
calf be and they are hereby appointed a Committee to enquire into the 



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Title which William Goddard possesses to a certain Lot of Land situ- 
ated at the North End of this Town and now in the possession of 
Simeon Thayer and that said Committee make Report at next June 
Meeting. 

Voted that the Town Treasurer be authorized to take possession of 
the Lot of Land at the north End of this Town late belonging to peter 
Clear deceased and claimed by the Heirs of Silas Downer deceased and 
that said Treasurer be empowered to lease out the said Lot for the 
most he can obtain for the same. [Town Mceling Records No. /, 
pages 3go ^ 393] 

[June 5, 1797.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence holden at the Town House in said Town on the 
fifth Day of June A. D. 1797. 

Providence April 21st or 21st of the 4th 1797 Agreeable to ap- 
pointment by the Town of Providence we have run the Line between 
Benjamin Cozzens and the Burying Ground in running which we have 
been governed by the survey of the Committee in 1784 allowing two 
thirds of a Degree Variation of Compass between that Time and the 
present running Viz. we began at a white Oak Tree at the North East 
Corner of the said Cozzen's Land and from thence run South 28J West 
22 Rods ; there the said Committee mentions a Heap of Stones but no 
such Heap was to be found thence S 5J West in direct Range toward 
the Barberry Bush mentioned by said Committee at which place stands 
a Stone for a Bound extending said Range towards said stone until it 
intersects the Fence dividing between said Cozzens Land and the Lot 
the Town purchased of Moses Brown which place together with the 
Running as aforesaid we marked for the true Line between said Coz- 
zens and said Burying Ground at which the said Cozzens was present 
We also note that some of the Fence including Peter Randalls Land 
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further on said Burying Ground than it did at the Time of the former 
survey. 

Ebenezer Thompson j The Town 
Danl Anthony ( Committee. 

And the foregoing Report being read & duly considered it is there- 
upon Voted and Resolved that the same be received and established 
and that the Town Treasurer be directed the said peter Randall's 
Fence be removed off said Burying Ground in Conformity with the said 
Reports. [Town Meeting Records No. 7, pages 2% ^ 'P3^ 

[November lO, 1802.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of 
the Town of Providence legally Warned and Assembled at the Town 
House on the Tenth Day of November A, D. 1802. 

Whereas it is highly necessary and becoming that the Burying 
Ground at the North end of the Town should be fenced in Resolved 
therefore that a Committee to Consist of the following persons to 
wit- Seth Wheaton, Williams Thayer and Samuel Thurber Jun^ be 
and they are hereby appointed accordingly for the purpose of Fencing 
in said Burying Ground And that said Committee be and they are 
hereby authorized to expend the Sum of Three hundred Dollars for 
that purpose. \Town Meeting Records No. J, pages ^^ ^ ^"J-l 

[Jane 4, 1804.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the Town house 
in said Town on the fourth Day of June A. D, 1804. 

Voted that Uriah Hopkins be appointed Overseer of the North 
Burying Ground and that he permit no Cattle to be turned into said 
Burying Ground for the purpose of grazing and that he see that the 
Lanes, Ways & Alleys be kept open for the passage of Carriages, and 
that he be allowed Ten Dollars annually for his services to be paid out 
of the Town Treasury The Town Treasurer to furnish sufficient 
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[M'OTenib«r 31, 1804.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of 
the Town of Providence legally assembled at the Town House on 
Wednesday the 21st Day of November A. D. 1804. 

Voted That Wheeler Martin Esquire and Uriah Hopkins be and 
they hereby appointed a Committee for the purpose of preventing 
Encroachments on the Alleys of the North Burying Ground. [Town 
Meeting Records No. 8, page l6.'\ 

[February Session, 1805.] An Act to Incorporate Certain Per- 
sons by the Name of the Smithfield Turnpike Company. 

Section i. Beit enacted by this General Assembly and by the 
authority thereof it is hereby enacted That Joseph Farnum Noah Far- 
num Jabez Mowry Stephen Olney William F. Magee, Henry Smith 
Fenner Angell, Nicholas Brown, Rufus Waterman Amos T. Jenckes 
George Weeden, James Smith, Noah Arnold, Benjamin Sheldon, David 
Mowry, Gardner Aldrich, Artemas Smith, Delvin Smith Chad Smith 
Cyrus Cook Thomas Arnold and Eleazer Bellows Richard Mowry Enos 
Mowry and others, their associates their successors and assigns shall be 
and are hereby created a corporation and body politic, for the purpose 
of building and establishing a turnpike road from Providence to the line 
of Massachusetts in the town of Douglas or Uxbridge agreeable to a 
plat thereof to be lodged in the Secretarys office by a committee ap- 
pointed by this Assembly in their February session 1805 and the said 
Corporation shall be known and distinguished by the name of The 
Smithfield Turnpike Company and by that name shall be and hereby 
are made able and Capable in law as a body Corporate to have and pur- 
chase, possess and enjoy to themselves their successors and assigns 
land (not exceeding fifty acres) rents tenements, tolls and effects of 
what kind or nature soever and the same to grant sell or dispose of by 
deed or deeds at their will and pleasure. 

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to Massachusetts in a line as reported by a plat thereof heretofore sub- 
mitted to this house by said Farnum and others and on the petition of 
John Sayles and others praying to have a road open from said Provi- 
dence to said Massachusetts agreeable to their plat thereof, Voted and 
Resolved That said charter of incorporation be granted to establish a 
turnpike road from said Providence to the line of said State of Massa- 
chusetts in the town of Douglas or Uxbridge, but in such direction in 
the interemediate space between said towns as shall be ascertained by a 
Committee of this House: and for that purpose It is further Voted 
and Resolved That Messrs. Joshua Bicknall of Harrington Thomas 
Corey of Portsmouth and Isaac Wilbour, Of Little Compton be and 
they hereby are appointed a Committee with full powers to examine 
the most proper route for a road between said towns to survey and lay 
out the same to estimate and appraise the damages said road may be to 
any individuals through whose land the same may pass reserving to said 
landholders the right of ^peal from said appraisement to the Court of 
Common Pleas to be holden at Providence within and for the County of 
Providence, next to be holden after said appraisement shall be made and 
returned by said Committee into the Clerks office of said Court they filing, 
their reasons of appeal as in other cases, and to file their report of such 
damages as they may allow to each individual through whose land said 
road shall pass in said Clerks office and to lodge a plat of said road in 
the Secretarys office provided said Committee shall give three weeks 
notice in one of the public news-papers printed in said Providence of 
the time and place appointed by them to commence the laying out said 
road and provided all that shall be done by said Committee be done 
without expense to the State. [Acis of General Assembly, February 
Session, 1805, pages 26 ^ 2g.] 

[Au^st », 1805.] Report. We the under-Signed a Committee 
appointed by the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Rhode 
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A. D. 1805 to lay out a Turnpike-Road from sd. Providence to the Line 
of Massachusetts in Uxbridge or Douglas do report that pursuant to our 
appointment we have laid out a Road beginning at sd. Providence Line 
in a Road near a Board Marked on both sides which Board makes a 
part of the Fence on the south side of a Garden now Occupied by Miss 
Ann Alhn (Widow) Thence running N, 43' 1/3 W. 565 Rds near 
to the North East comer of the Dwelling House of Welcome Smith ; 
Thence N, 50 W44 Rds near & opposite the dwelling House of Hazaiel 
Smith Thence N 45 1/2 W 162 Rds to a Locus Tree standing on the 
North side of Stephen Olneys Land Thence N 48 1/3 W. 70 Rds to 
a Stake near the Dwelling House of Edward Smith Thence N 42 3/4 
W. 208-Rds to a Stake in Jesse Smiths Land Thence N 36 3/4 W 87 
Rds. to a Poplar Tree standing in Edward Smiths L-and N 40 W-114 
Rds to a heap of stones by the side of an old Road Thence N 38 1/2 
W. 140 to a heap of stones near Nathan Youngs Dwelling House 
Thence N 44 W. 172 Rds to a heap of stones near the Dwelling House 
of Stephen Whitman Thence N 40 1/4 W 722 Rds to a White Oak 
Tree Marked stand on Land belonging to the Heirs of Elisha Steer 
, Dec^ Thence N 42 1/2 W 127 Rds to a heap of stones on Land be- 
longing to Emer Smith Thence N. 39 1/3 W. 315 Rds to a stake & 
stones on Daniel Mowry 3d. Land Thence 38 1/2 W. 231 Rds tea 
stake & stones on Land belonging to James Appleby Thence N 18 
W. 126 Rds to a White Oak Tree Standing on John Mowry Land 
Thence N. 12 W. 52 Rods to a heap of stones on Land belonging to 
Mary Aldrich (widow) Thence N. 6 W. 59 Rds to a Stake near the 
Dwelling House of the Sd. Mary Thence N. 26 W. 123 Rds to a 
heap of stones on Jeremiah Mowrys Land Thence N 40 W 650 Rds 
to a heap of stones in Eliakin Phettiplaces Land Thence N 66 W- 
100 Rds to a Stake & Stones near & Southwest of the Dwelling House 
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Land Thence N 32 W 73 Rds to a Stake on the south side of Branch 
River Thence North 29 Rds to a Saplin Marke, on the Land of the 
Hdrs of Joshua Wallin Decs'; Thence N 23 W 90 Rds. to a Stake on 
Inmans Land Thence N. 39 W, 146 Rds. to a heap of stones on Asa 
Inmans Land Thence N 42 W. 314 Rds. to a White Oak Saplin by 
the side of Fence belonging to Joseph Esten N. 47 W. 520 Rds. to a 
heap of stone on Massachusetts Line The above discribed Courses 
are Run in the Centre of the Road which we have laid out three Rods 
Wide & Lodged here with a platt of the same. 

Joshua Bicknall 

Thomas Cory Jun Committee 

Isaac Wilbour 

Providence 

Aug.t gth A. D. 1805 
[Book of Plans, State Library, Slate House, Providence, page 21 1-2.] 

[May SessiOD, 1807.] Upon the petition of the Smithfield turn- 
pike Company, praying that they might be authorized and empowered 
to open and estabhsh a branch to said turnpike road, to lead from Provi- 
dence over Common land, by the south west corner of the north bury- 
ing ground, from thence north westerly nearly two miles till it shall 
open into said turnpike road, as already established on land of William 
N. Rhodes. It was Voted and Resolved That said petition be received 
and referred to the next session, and that the petitioners in the mean* 
lime give notice by advertisement in one of the Providence news-papers 
three weeks successively, for all persons Concerned to appear if they 
may see fit at the next session, to show cause, if any they may have why 
the prayer of said petition ought not to be granted. [Acts of General 
Assembly, May Session, 180J, page 75.] 

[Jttne Session, 1807.] An Act in Addition to and further 
Amendment of An Act entitled "An Act to Incorporate Certain Per- 
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Section i. Be it enacted by the General Assembly and by the 
authority thereof it is hereby enacted, That the said Smithfield Turnpike 
Company be and they hereby are authorized and empowered to open and 
establish a branch of said turnpike road to lead from Providence over 
common land, by the south-west corner of the north burying ground, 
from thence northwesterly nearly two miles, till it shall open into said 
turnpike road as already established on land of William N. Rhodes. 

Section 2. And be it further enacted That the said branch shall be 
annexed to, and become a part of said turnpike road, and that all per- 
sons subscribing shares for said branch, be and hereby are incorporated 
with the other stockholders in said Turnpike Company, and that they 
and the shares by them subscribed be governed by the same laws ordi- 
nances and regulations. 

Section 3. And be it further enacted That the Committee hereto- 
fore appointed to lay out said turnpike road and to appraise the dam- 
ages done to the lands through which it passes be authorized whenever 
it may become necessary and they shall be called upon by said Corpora- 
tion, to appraise the damages done to the lands of such persons as the 
said branch may pass through and that the same be done without ex- 
pence to the State. 

Section 4. And be it further enacted. That any two of said Com- 
mittee are and shall be competent to meet and act in any of the matters 
or things heretofore or herein entrusted to them and their doings and 
report are and shall be as valid to all intents and purposes as though all 
said Committee had been present and acted therein. 

An Act to establish the Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike Cor- 
poration. 

Section 2. Be it further enacted. That the road to be made and 
maintained by said Corporation shall be as follows, to wit : It shall be 
three rods wide and shall begin at the north line of the town of Provi- 
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from thence northerly, on the east side of the old road, and passing by 
the westerly end of Jeremiah Sayles dwelling house, extend to such part 
of Pawtucket village as the Committee herein after named shall direct. 

Section 3 Be it further enacted. That William Anthony Esq of 
Portsmouth Jonathan Salisbury, Esq : of East Greenwich and William 
Allin Esq of Harrington, be and they are hereby appointed a Committee 
to lay out said road and to appraise the damages, if any, which any per- 
son or persons may sustain through whose land the said road shall pass ; 
and the said committee shall make a return of their proceedings, in laying 
out said road, and appraising the damages aforesaid, into the Clerk's 
office of the Court of Common Pleas in the (bounty of Providence, as 
soon as conveniently may be after the said appraisement shall have been 
made. And if any person or persons shall be aggrieved by the appraise- 
ment made by said Committee, he or they may apply to the said Court 
of Common Pleas at the term next after the appraisement shall have 
been returned as aforesaid, and may have the, damages assessed by a 
jury in said Court, and the verdict of such jury, when established by 
the Court shall be final Provided always, That if the report of the Com- 
mittee shall be confirmed, or the amount of damages be lessened by 
the jury, the person or persons applying for the jury shall pay all lawful 
costs but if the amount of damages shall be increased the cost shall be 
paid by the said Corporation. 

Section 4. ■ ■ • ■ [Ac/s of General Assembly, June Session, 
1807, pages 9 ^ 20.] 

[July 6, 1808.] Report, We the undersigned being by the Hon- 
orable General Assembly at their sessions in June 1807 appointed a Com- 
mittee to lay out a turnpike road three rods wide from Providence to 
Pawtucket & appraise the damages done to individuals thro whose land 
the same should pass have agreeably to our appointment proceeded & 
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near the house of Jeremiah Dexter heirs & running thence parallel with 
the old road & adjoining thereto N 30° E one hundred & seventy seven 
rods N 24° E eighty eight rods thro the lands of said heirs Joseph 
Dexter & Jeremiah Sayles to the land of Joel Scotts heirs thence N. 
41° E three hundred & ninety rods thro lands of Job Scotts heirs 
William & Stephen Randall George Jencks OZiel Wilkinson Jesse 
Bushee John Jencks & Esek Jencks to a stake in Samuel Thayers lot 
thence N 1 1 1/2 E passing partly on the old road & partly on the lands 
of said Thayer Bucklin, Jencks Sylvanus Jencks, George Jencks & 
Jesse Bushee, touching in its way the eastward of sd. Bushees house 
forty four rods to the Nathaniel Walkers house thence N 10° E. partly 
on the old road or street & partly on lands of George Jencks, George 
Nichols, Moses Brown & Timothy Greene twenty seven rods & an half 
to the north east comer of William Reads house (see plat of said road 
made by Daniel Anthony dated isth of 5th Mo 1808 herewith re- 
turned. 

We also appraised the damage to the persons over whose land said 
road was laid as follows, viz. To the heirs of Jeremiah Dexter eighty 
one dollars up on condition that the dwelling house remain thereon so 
long as the same may stand & that the Corporation remove the fence 
from the west side to the east side of said turnpike road & erect the 
same in as good order as it now stands. To Joseph Dexter one hundred 
& seventy eight the Corporation removing the fence & erecting it in 
the same manner as that of said heirs. To Jeremiah Sayles the Cor- 
poration by agreement are to erect as good a fence on the east side of 
said turnpike as now stands on the west side, to remove the buildings 
off the road & leave the old fence at said Sayles disposal. 

To the Heirs of Job Scott eight hundred & fifty dollars. To Wil- 
liam & Stephen Randall fourteen dollars. To George Jencks thirty 
dollars. To Oziel Williams eleven dollars. To Jesse Bushee five dol- 
lars. To John Jencke five dollars. To Samuel Thayer seven dollars. 



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To Bucklin Jencks three dollars. To Sylvantis Jencks three dollars. 
To Nath. Walker two dollars. To George Nichols three dollars. To 
Moses Brown three dollars, lo Timothy Green three dollars. Pro- 
vided always that the turnpike Corporation are to be at the expense of 
removing all buildings which are to be removed off said road & the tim- 
ber wood & fence now standing on said turnpike road to be at the dis- 
posal of the respective proprietors. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 
July 6th A. D. 1808 by 

William Anthony 
Jonathan Salisbury 
Wm AUin 
[Report on file in office of Clerk of Court of Common Pleas, in package 
labelled " Turnpike Reports." '\ 

[October Session, 1808.] An Act in Addition to an Act entitled 
"An Act to Establish the Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike Cor- 
poration." 

Section i. Be it enacted by the General Assembly and by the 
authorty thereof it is enacted That the road described in the act to 
which this is in addition, shall cross the land belonging to the heirs or 
devisees of Jeremiah Dexter, as fqllows : The line of the easterly side 
of said road shall begin at a point three rods easterly from the old road, 
in the line between the land of Joseph Dexter and the heirs or devisees 
of Jeremiah Dexter, and nm from thence to the north-west comer of the 
dwelling-house of the said heirs or devisees, and continue the same 
course to the old road, and the land on the easterly side of said line 
shall not hereafter be considered as belonging to the road granted to 
said Corporation. 

Section 2. Be it further enacted. That no partition fence shall be 
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tion, in any place southerly from a point twelve rods northerly from the 
south west comer of the land of Joseph Dexter. 

Section 3. * • • • 

An Act in Addition to and Amendment of an Act entitled "An Act 
to Incorporate Certain Persons by the Name of the Smithfield Turn- 
pike Company," 

Be it enacted by this General Assembly and by the authority thereof 
it is hereby enacted That Amos Throop, Moses Brown, Lydia Allen, 
Philip Allen, Almy and Brown, Brown and Ives, Stephen Randall, 
Samuel Thurber, John Corlis, John Carlile, Joseph Jenckes, Seth 
Mowry, Rufus Waterman, Nathan Waterman, Thomas Arnold, Richard 
Mowry Enos Mowry Jeremiah OIney, Paul Dudley and others their 
associates, proprietors in the Smithfield turnpike Company, having been 
at the cost and charge of purchasing land building and opening a turn- 
pike road from the town of Providence through North Providence Smith- 
field and Burrillville to the country road in the town of Douglas in the 
State of Massachusetts they, their successors and assigns shall be and 
are hereby authorized to alter the name of their said company and adopt 
the name of the Providence and Douglas Turnpike Company, without 
legal injury to the proceeding of said Corporation in any case whatso- 
ever ; and by that name shall be and are hereby made able and capable 
in law, to have hold purchase and enjoy to them their successors and 
assigns land not exceeding two hundred acres besides the land which 
the road covers, rents tenements tolls and effects, of what kind or 
nature soever and the same to grant sell or dispose of by deed or other- 
wise at their will and pleasure; [Acts of General Assembly, October 
Session, 1808, pages S ^ 22.] 

[September 16, 1812.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of 
the Town of Providence legally Warned and assembled at the Town 
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Whereas the House and Lot heretofore owned by Robert Dickey 
and now owned by the Town adjoining the Lot which the Providence 
Woollen Manufacturing Company are now erecting a large Building to 
carry on the Woolen business on an extensive Scale would be con- 
venient for them to own that they may. select and govern the Tenants 
And as a comer of the Lot which the Town purchased of Moses Brown 
comes near their said Building which would be convenient also for them 
to own and it being moved in this Meeting for the Town to Sell the 
same which being considered the Town Council are appointed a Com- 
mitte to view and Consider of the premises ascertain the value thereof 
and negotiate the business with the said Company and if they agree 
with them the Town Treasurer is hereby authorized to give a Deed of 
release and quitclaim of the Town's Right in the premises and pass to 
the Credit of the Town the amount and make Report when accom- 
plished. [Town Meeting Records No. 8, pages 25J,S-g.'\ 

[Angrtut 30, 1813.] At a Town Council holden within and for 
the Town of Providence on the 30th Day of August A, D. 1813. 

This Council taking into Consideration the Vote of the Town 
respecting — Whereas the Town at their Meeting held on the Sixteenth 
Day of September last appointed this Council a Committee to view a 
certain piece of Land bought of Moses Brown near the Building belong- 
ing to the Woolen Manufacturing Company and to Consider of the 
Premises ascertain the value thereof and regulate the business with the 
said Company for the sale of said Land and whereas this Council having 
viewed the Premises and procured a Plat thereof to be made by which 
it appears there is two and one quarter Acres of said Land, do after 
mature deliberation Estimate the Value of said Land at Two hundred 
and twenty Dollars per Acre and the Town Treasurer is requested if 
said Company appears and pay that price said Land to Quitclaim the 
Towns right to the same by giving to them a Quitclaim Deed accord- 
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[September 6, 1813.] At a Town Council holden within and for 
the Town of Providence on the 6lh Day of September A. D. 1813. 

On Motion^whether this Council recede from their former Resolve 
respecting lowering the price heretofore fixed for the L^nd in the North 
part of the Town, Resolved in .the Negative. [ Town Council Records 
No. gA,pageSI9-\ 

[October 18, 1813.] At a Town Council holden within and for 
the Town of Providence on the Eighteenth Day of October 1813, 

Whereas on a Resurvey of the piece of land near the Building be- 
longing to the Woolen Manufacturing Company in the north part of the 
Town there appears to be only two acres of said Land instead of two 
and a quarter as Stated in the proceedings of this Council on the thir- 
tieth of August last. The Town Treasurer will therefore Consider said 
to be two Acres. [ Town Council Records No. gA, pages ^S2-J.] 

[October 28,1813.] Town of Providence to Providence Woolen 
Co. — $440. — Quitclaim. All the right, title interest property claim 
and demand the said Town of Providence has in and to One certain lot 
of land situated in the northerly part of the said Town of Providence 
bounded and described as follows that is to say, Beginning at a point in 
the line of the Turn Pike Road being also a comer of the grantee's land 
and from thence with said grantee's land South eighty six degrees west 
eighteen rods and fifteen links to another corner of said grantees land ; 
thence with the said grantee's land north two degrees west thirteen rods 
ten hnks ; thence with the land of the said grantee's north thirteen and 
one half degrees east eighteen rods twelve links to the Turnpike Road, 
thence southerly with said road to the first corner or place of beginning 
and containing two acres' and is a part of the same land the said Town 
of Providence bought of Moses Brown by deed dated the twenty first of 



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the sixth month A. D. 1796 and which is recorded in book No. 24 page 
266. of the records of the Town of Providence for recording deeds. 
{Deed Book No. j6, page 2^.] 

[October 30, 1 813.] An Act to enlarge and explain the powers of 
the town meetings and Town Council of the town of Providence. 

Section l. Be it enacted by the General Assembly and by the 
authority thereof it is enacted, That the freeman of the town of Provi- 
dence in town meeting legally assembled, shall have power to make by- 
laws for the government of said town, relative to the erecting, establish- 
ing and r^ulatlng public markets and market places and the trade 
thereof; relative to the streets and highways of said town, and to the 
making, mending paving and cleaning and lighting the same; relative 
to nuisances within the limits of said town ; relative to landing places, 
wharves, anchoring and moving of vessels and to injuries and encroach- 
ments upon the waters of the rivers and harbour ; relative to trees 
planted for shade, ornament, convenience or use ; relative to public 
walks and buildings; relative to sweeping of chimnies and to fire 
engines, and machines for stopping or extinguishing fire, and the preser- 
vation of the town from fire; relative tea public watch and the security 
of the town from riotous and disorderly persons ; relative to taverns, 
cook's shops, oyster-houses, and other places of entertainment, and to 
the assize of bread, relative to public shews exhibitions and spectacles, 
and to the regulation of theatres, and other public places of amusement ; 
relative to the public burying-grounds and the burial of the dead ; rela- 
tive to foot or side walks in the streets and to posts, gutters, drains, 
signs, steps, cellar doors, windows and lamps therein and to inflict 
penalties for the breach of such by-laws ; provided that such penalty 
shall in no case for any one offense exceed the sum of forty dollars. 
That such penalties shall be forfeited to the use of the said town, or to 
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and shall and may be recovered by indictment, information, or action of 
debt, in any court of competent jurisdiction. Provided however, That 
said by-laws shall not be contrary to the laws of the State ; And pro- 
vided also that nothing herein contained shall be construed to impair or 
repeal any power or authority heretofore vested by law in said town, 
or Town Council nor to exempt offenders from the punishments or pen- 
alties already prescribed by the laws of the state, for any of the offences 
herein described. 

Section 2. ■ • " • [Public Laws of Rhode Island lj<)8-l82i, 

Note. By virtue of the charter granted by the General Assembly 
Oct. 1831 to the City of Providence all powers previously conferred on 
town meetings were vested in the City Council, 

[Febraary 22, 1817.] An Act to prevent the violation of the 
sanctuary of the dead. 

Section r. Be it enacted by the General Assembly and by the 
authority thereof it is hereby enacted. That if any person or persons 
shall secretly dig up any human body, or carry away the same from any 
vault, or other place in which the same may be deposited ; or knowingly 
conceal any such human body after it shall have been so dug up, or carried 
away, as aforesaid, every such person or persons, his or their aiders or 
abettors, shall, on conviction thereof before the Supreme Judicial Court, 
or Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the county in which such 
offence shall have been committed be fined a sum not exceeding five 
thousand dollars, nor less than one thousand dollars and be imprisoned 
not exceeding six years nor less than one year, \General Laws of 
Rhode Island, Ijg8-l82I, page 2J^.] [Amendmenl, October Session, 
/8j8.] [See also act of February j, l8j8 and extract from General 
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[December 15. 1820.] We the undersigned having been ap- 
pointed by the Honorable General Assembly at their February Session 
A, D. 1819, a committee to locate and establish the Cumberland and 
Smithfield Turnpike Road, three rods wide to Commence near the 
house of Absalum Ballou in Cumberland and running southerly towards 
the Town of Providence, untill it strikes the Branch of the Louisquisett 
Turnpike, near the bridge over Moshausic River, and to agree with the 
Proprietors and to appraise the damage (if any) that any person may 
sustain throu^ whose land said road may pass, and to make a return 
of our proceedings, in laying out said Road, and appraising the damages 
aforesaid into the Clerks Office of the Court of Common Pleas of the 
county of Providence ; do report that we have proceeded on the busi- 
ness of our said appointment and laid out said road three rods wide, in 
manner following Viz : Beginning at a stake and heap of stones on 
the northwesterly side of the said Branch of the Louisquisett Turnpike 
twenty rods and nine links from said Bridge and running thence in the 
west side of said Cumberland and Smithfield Turnpike, through the 
lands of Benjamin Pidge William Randall & John Randall North two 
and an half degrees east, one hundred and forty six rods to a heap of 
stones on the north side of the cross road between John & Joseph 
Randall's lands, thence North seven degrees East through Joseph 
Randall's land one hundred and thirty five rods to a heap of stones on 
Joseph Randalls Wall on the west side of a road, thence North three 
and an half degrees west four hundred and ninety eight rods and fifteen 
links, through the land of the heirs of James B. Mason and lands of 
William Dexter, Amelia Brown, Peter Pike, Louis Dexter heirs of 
Jeremiah Dexter, and Nehemiah Sheldon to a small yellow Pine on the 
West side of Spectacle Pond Thence North fifteen and an half degrees 
East one hundred and twenty nine rods and three quarters through 
lands of Aza Arnold St George Smith, and Maturin Ballou to a heap of 
stones on a rock in Maturin Ballou's plain thence through Maturin 



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Ballou's land North seven degrees East fifty three and an half rods to a 
Black oak; North two degrees East forty nine and an half rods to an 
Elm in Jencks Bartletts land, thence through said Bartletts land North 
thirteen degrees east sixteen rods and twenty links toa ledge on the height 
of land, thence North fifty degrees West twenty one rods to a heap of 
stones, thence North thirty seven degrees west forty eight rods near 
Imar Comstocks house thence North thirty seven and an half degrees 
west fifty two rods to a heap of stones, thence through the lands of Ehsha 
Arnold and Israel Arnold North thirty three degrees west, twenty nine 
rods. North twenty three degrees west twenty rods, North Nined^rees 
West Eighteen rods to a point of Rocks in Israel Arnolds land, thence 
North one degree west, passing eastward of an old house through the 
lands of Samuel Arnold and others seventy seven rods to a stake and 
Stones on the East side of the Mill pond, thence North twenty seven 
degrees and three quarters west, through lands of George Smith and 
others, fifty five rods to a stake and stones near Tuckers Barn, Thence 
through lands of said Smith, Christopher and John Dexter land thence 
through sd. Dexters land and lands of Simeon and Joseph Wilkinson ; 
heirs. North two degrees east two hundred and ten rods, to a white oak 
on the East side of the old Road, thence North six and an half degrees 
west, forty two and an half rods to a white Oak, thence North twelve 
and an half degrees west fifteen rods to a heap of stones, thence 
North twenty five degrees west sixteen and an half rods to a white oak 
on the hill side westward of Hemlocke Bridge, thence North twenty 
seven degrees west thirty three rods to Elizabeth Whipples land near 
Martins way, thence North two degrees and an half west, through lands 
of Elizabeth Whipple Simon Wliipple and land of the Fastway Company 
two hundred and seventeen rods to a stake and stones. North twenty 
four degrees and three quarters west twenty nine rods to a stake and 
stones, thence North fifty four degrees east (crossing Blackstone River) 
twenty two rods to a stake in Oliver Bligh's land, thence through said 



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Bligh's land North six degrees East thirty six rods to the Cumberland 
and Mendon Road about half a mile northward of Absalom Ballou's 
house as per plat of said Turnpike Road herewith returned into the 
Clerks office. 
Dec. 15, 1820. Thomas Mann. 

Elisha Mathcwson. 

William Allin. 
[Report on file in office of Clerk of Court of Common Pleas, in package 
labelled " Turnpike Reports." ] 

[June 4, 1821.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned & assembled at the Town House on 
the Fourth Day of June A. D. 1821. 

Voted that Dexter Thurber be & he is hereby authorized to Cause 
such Repairs to be made respecting the Inclosure of the North Burying 
Ground as he may think fit & necessary. [ Town Meeting Records 
No. 9, pages I48 ^ l6t.] 

[Jane 3, 1822.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Pro\'idence legally Warned and assembled at the Town House 
on Monday the Third Day of June A. D. 1822. 

Voted that John Carlile and Dexter Thurber be a Committee to 
examine and make such arrangements as they may think convenient 
and proper respecting the North Burying Ground and to report their 
proceedings relative thereto at the next Town Meeting. [Town Meet- 
ing Records No. p, pages 20/-/.] 

[Aagraat 27, 1822.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the Town House 
in said Town on the last Tuesday in August being the 27th Day of the 
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Voted that John Carlile and Dexter Thurber be appointed a Co 
mittee to confer with any Committee that may be appointed by t 
Town of North Providence respecting the Regulation of the Burial 
the dead in the North Burial Ground ; and that the Town Clerli 
directed to cause a Copy of this Vote to be left with the Town Cleric 
said North Providence to be Communicated to the Freemen of s; 
Town. [Town Meeting Records No. g, pages 310 jf ^/^] 

IJnne SesBioii, 1823.] An Act to Establish the SmithBeld Tu 
pike Corporation. 

Section i. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by t 
authority thereof it is enacted That Stephen H. Smith, Seth Adai 
Samuel Arnold Truman Beckwith, Samuel F. Mann Isaac Brown a 
Luther Pearson and others their associates, successors and assigns, sh 
be and they hereby are created a Corporation and body politic by t 
name of the Smithfield Turnpike Corporation ; and by that name sh 
be and hereby are made able and capable in law as a body corporate 
purchase, possess, have and enjoy to themselves their successors a 
as^gns lands not exceeding one hundred acres tenements, rents to 
and effects of what kind or nature soever • • • • 

Section 2. Be it further enacted That the road to be madeand ma 
tained by said Corporation shall be three rods wide, and shall commen 
near the Friends meeting house in Smithfield, and running southward 
and continuing in the most convenient route towards the town of Fro 
dence until it strikes the branch of the Douglas turnpike near the brid 
over Mos has suck river. 

Section 3. Be it further enacted That Thomas Mann of Smithfie 
Elisha Mathewson of Scituate and William Allin of Barrington be a 
they hereby are appointed a Committee to locate and establish said ro 
and to agree with the proprietors if they can and if not to appraise t 
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land said road may pass ; and the Committee shall make a return o£ 
their proceedings in laying out said road and appraising the damages, 
afuresaid into the Clerks office of the Court of Common pleas in the 
County of Providence as soon as conveniently may be after said appraise- 
ment shall have been made ; and if any person or persons shall be 
aggrieved by said appraisement made by said committee, he, she or they 
may apply to said Court of Common pleas, at the next term thereof 
after said appraisement shall have been returned as aforesaid, and may 
have the damages assessed by a jury in said Court and a verdict of such 
jury when established by said Court shall be final provided always, that 
if the report of the Committee shall be Confirmed, or the amount of the 
damages lessened by the jury, the person or persons applying for such 
jury trial shall pay all lawful costs, and if the amount of damages shall 
he increased, the cost shall be paid by said corporation. 

Section 4. * • * • [Acts of General Assembly, June Session, 
1823, page 42.] 

[September 8, 1823.] Report. We the undersigned having been 
appointed by the Honorable General Assembly at their June Session 
A. D. 1823 a Committee to lay out the Smithfield Turnpike Road com- 
mencing near the Friends meeting house in Smithfield and running 
southerly towards the Town of Providence untill it, intersects the branch 
of the Louisquisett Turnpike near their Bridge across Moshausik River 
and to make report of our proceedings into' the Clerks office of the 
Court of Common Pleas in County of Providence, do report that we 
have. proceeded on the business of our said appointment and laid out 
said road three rods wide in manner following viz : Beginning at a 
Part in Samuel Arnold's fence on the west side of the old road, ten 
rods north of the South east corner of his lot south of the Friends 
Meeting house in Smithfield, and running thence on the west side of said 
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through the lands of said Samuel Arnold, Jeremiah Whipple, Nathani 
Spaulding and George Whipple to a rock in George Whipple's wa 
thence South forty seven and an half degrees East thirty four and a 
half rods to a heap of stones on a ledge in George W. Comstock's lar 
thence South twenty seven degrees East ten rods to a heap of stom 
thence South two and an half degrees 

East seventeen rods & ten links to a Rock in said Comstocks lani 
thence South twenty three degrees West, through the lands of sai 
Comstock James Mason, Joseph Randall, George Smith & Aza Amol 
and John Dexter two hundred and seventy three rods to a white Oak i 
said Dexters land on the west side of Spectacle Pond, thence Sout 
four and an half degrees East through the lands of John Dexter, Heii 
of Jeremiah Dexter, Lewis Dexter, Peter Pike, Pike & Randall Williai 
Dexter and the heirs of James B. Mason four hundred and ninet 
three rods & fifteen links to a stone set in the ground thence sout 
three and a half degrees west 25 rods and 20 links to a stone set in th 
ground on the east side of a large oak Tree thence South 6, 2/3 degree 
West through Joseph Randalls land Two hundred and fifty five rod 
and sixteen links to a heap of stones on the north side of the Branc 
Turnpike Road Seventeen rods and nine links South easterly from th 
bridge as per Plat herewith returned. 
Sept. 8, 1823. Thomas Mann. 

Elisha Mathewson. 
William Allin. 
[Report on. file in office of Clerk of Court of ComlHon Pleas, in packag 
labelled " Turnpike Reports." ] 

[June 11, 18SS.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of th 
Town of Providence holden by Adjournment at the Town House o 
Saturday the Eleventh Day of June A. D. 1825. 

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Town Treasurers office June 6th 1825 
Mr Dexter Thurber having represented to the Town Treasurer that 
it is necessary a Fence should be erected on the Division Line between 
his Land and the Land purchased some years since by the Town of 
Moses Brown and which now lies Common and the Treasurer not Con- 
sidering himself authorized to direct any Measures relative thereto 
which may cause Expense Submits the Case to the Town that they 
may take such Measures or give such Directions as the Circumstances 
may require. The Land purchased of Mr. Brown as above Contains 
about Eight Acres and adjoins and now Composes part of the North 
Burying Ground the whole of which lies Common except an Inclosure 
around the graves. Before the Eight Acres were purchased by the 
Town it was inclosed and Mr. Brown and the owner of the Land now 
belonging to Mr. Thurber were at the joint Expense of the partition 
Fence but in the Deed of the Land to the Town Mr Brown reserved 
the Fencing Stuff which he removed off except what inclosed M. 
Thurbers Lot ; that partition Fence is now decayed and M. Thurber 
claims of the Town to be at half the Expence of a New Fence It 
therefore seems expedient that a Committee should be appointed to 
examine and decide in the Case. 

Respectfully Submitted 
John Howland 

T, Treasurer. 

Voted and resolved that the Subject of the within Report be referred 
to Messrs Moses Brown, Stephen Tillinghast and Stephen Martin to 
ascertain the Bounds of the Burying Ground and to cause to be erected 
at the Corners permanent Stones And also to enquire into the pro- 
priety of erecting a Division Fence between the Burying place and 
Land of Dexter Thurber Esq. referred to in thewithin Report, [Toivn 
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[April i«, 1828.] At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the Town House 
in said Town on Wednesday April i6th A. D. 1828. 

Voted that the Town Council be a committee to determine how far 
South tombs may be erected on the North Burying Ground. [Town 
Meeting Records No. 10, pages Jjf ^ JJJ.] 

[October 1, 182S.} At a Town Meeting of the Freemen of the 
Town of Providence holden by adjournment at the Town house on 
Wednesday the first day of October A. D. 1828. 

An Ordinance fixing the bounds for erecting tombs & vaults on the 
North burying ground Voted and ordained That from and after the 
passing of this Ordinance no vault or tomb shall be erected or built 
south of a line drawn from east to west in range with the southerly 
tomb now on said north burying ground built by John H. Clark. 

And it is further voted and ordained that if any person or persons 
shall after the passing of this ordinance build or cause to be built or 
erected any vault or tomb south of the line drawn as aforesaid he she 
or they shall forfeit and pay to and for the use of the town the sum of 
forty dollars for every such offence by them committed to be sued for 
and recovered in an action of debt in the name of the Town Treasurer 
in any Court Competent to try the same And it is further voted and 
ordained that the Clerk cause this ordinance to be published three 
weeks in the American and Journal papers printed in this town. 

Meeting Disolved, 
[Town Meeting Records No. 10, pages 95 ^ gy.\ 

[April 21, 1830.1 At a Town Meeting of the freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the Town house 
on Wednesday the 21st day of April A. D. 1830. 

Voted that Peter Daniels be authorized to put and keep the fence 



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around the North Burial Ground in Repair during the temporary 
absence of Mr Olney the Overseer. \Totvn Meeting Records No. lO, 
pages rjl ^ Ijg.] 

(August 30, 1831.] At a Town Meeting of the freemen of the 
Town of Providence legally warned and assembled at the Town House 
on tuesday the 30th day of August A. D. 1831, 

Voted that Peter Daniels & Dexter Thurber be a Committee to 
repair or rebuild in their discretion the fence on the North Burial 
Ground the expence thereof to be paid out of the Town Treasury. 
[Town Meeting Records No. 10, page 2^1.] 

(January Session, 1832.] An Act in Amendment of an Act to 
Incorporate the Proiadence and Boston Railroad Company and for other 
Purposes- 

(This act provides for the transfer of the Providence and Pawtuclcet 
Tumpilce to the Providence and Boston R. R. Co. for $25000. to be for 
the use of the state.) [Ads of General Assembly, January Session, l8j2, 
page 45-] 

[June 7, 1832.] Real Estate belonging to the City of Providence. 

The North Burying Ground ^— This tract originally Comprised 45 
acres and on the 21st of June 1796 the Town purchased of Moses 
Brown eight acres adjoining west on the Same after which a Turnpike 
road was laid through leaving part of the Towns land S. W. of the road 
this piece was afterwards sold by the Town to Sullivan Dorr and others 
owners of a Woolen Factory, it has always within my memory been 
said that there had been Considerable encroachments on different sides 
of the land and it was thought by some persons that the 8 acres bought 
of M. Brown had formerly been Stript off the Original 45 acres tho he 
had purchased it not doubting that the true title was in the person 
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and as far as possibe definate the bounds ascertained and monuments of 
wrought Stone placed at the lines especially as some of the land on the 
west line of the Pawtucket road is now understood to be endorsed by 
individuals • • • * 

Respectfully Submitted to the Committee of the City Government 
June 7th 1832 by John Howland late Treasurer. 

(In a schedule of real estate compiled by Stephen Tillinghast City 
Treasurer June i [833 the foregoing is repeated. 

" Note the City Treasurer is mainly indebted to the last Town 
Treasurer for the Schedule.") 

(June 1st 1834 Same condition reported.) 
[City Council Records No. I, page J/.] 

[June Session, 1833.] (Resoktion appointing a Committee to 
receive the property of the Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike Com- 
pany in behalf of the state and also authorizing the same Committee to 
transfer the same to the Providence and Boston Railroad Co. pursuant 
to an act passed at the Jan. Ses. 1S32.) [Acts 0/ General Assembly, 
lime Session, l833< P'^S^ 49\ 

[April 14, 1834.} An Ordinance in relation to the North Burial 
Ground. 

Section r. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Provi- 
dence. 

That no person shall erect or build any vault or tomb within the 
limits of the City burial ground for inclose any part or portion thereof 
without leave first had and obtained from the City Council 

Section 2. That every person who shall violate any provision of 
this Ordinance shall forfet and pay a sum not less than Ten dollars nor 
more than Fifty dollars to and for the use of the City to be recovered 
in an action of the Case in the name of the City Treasurer before the 
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Section 3. TTiat the overseer of said burial prround shall keep the 
fences around the same in proper repair and the gates thereof locked 
and he shall report to the mayor every violation of this Ordinance as 
soon as may be that the same may be prosecuted. 

Passed April 14, 1834. 
[Citjr Council Records No. I, page 14J.] 

[May Session, 1834.] The Committee appointed by the General 
Assembly to take a transfer of the Providence and Pawtucket turnpike 
road &c ask leave to submit the enclosed papers, and statement of their 
doings under that appointment The Committee on the nineteenth of 
August last (having previously had the proper understanding with the 
turnpike Company) gave notice to the Providence and Boston Rail Road 
Company, that they were ready to Cause a transfer to be made to them 
of the Providence and Pawtucket turnpike road &c, agreeable to the 
terms of their charter. An acknowledgement of this notice with a 
proposal to accept the transfer within the time and upon the condition 
specified in their charter, was returned to the Committee on the twenty 
first of January. At the expiration of the time allowed by the charter 
viz : on the twentieth of February last, the Committee having received 
a transfer of the turnpike road gave notice to the railroad company 
that they were ready to make the transfer of this road to them 
upon the conditions contained in their charter. On the same day they 
received an answer of the same import as the one given to their letter 
of the nineteenth of August ; copies of which are enclosed together 
with all the papers pertaining to their proceedings. The Committee 
then appointed Thomas Burgess Esq. to take charge of the road, receive 
the tolls and return his account to them at the present session of the 
General Assembly which has been done, showing a net balance subject 
to the direction of the General Assembly of five hundred seventy eight 
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fer of the road. All of which is respectfully submitted by order of the 
Committee. 

James F. Simmons. 
[Acis of General Assembly, May Session, 1834, page 52.] 

[June 4. 1834.] Resolved that Messrs Daniels & Angell with 
such as the Board of Aldermen may add be and they hereby are 
appointed a Committee to enquire into the expediency of Causing the 
fence around the North Burial ground to be repaired and of Causing 
said Burial ground to he surveyed and platted. 
Alderman Newell added Passed June 4th 1834, 
\City Council Records No. I, page f/J.] 

[July 7, 1834.] Resolved that the Mayor be requested to take 
such measures as he may deem effectual to Cause the Limits and 
bounds of said ground to be ascertained and Monuments to be erected 
there ; and also to cause the vacant parts of said ground to be surveyed 
and platted ; and the plat' and doings to be reported to the City Gov- 
ernment. 

Passed July 7th 1834. 
[Ci/y Council Records No. I, page /81.] 

[July 7, 1834.] Resolved that Messrs Daniels & Angell with 
such as the board of Aldermen may add be a Committee authorized to 
Cause the fence around the North Burial ground to be so repaired as 
to answer the purpose intended the present season. Overseer of North 
burial Ground added. [Ci/y Council Records No. I, page l8l.] 

[October 6,1834.] Resolved that the Communication this day 
made by the City Treasurer respecting the fence between the Land of 
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the Town of Providence be and the same is hereby referred to His 
Honor the Mayor to examine & report thereon 

Passed Oct 6th 1834. 
[Ciij' Council Records No. I, page 18^.'] 

[October ao, 1834.] Resolved that the Overseer of the North 
Burial Ground be furnished by the City Clerk with a Copy of the 
Ordinance passed by the City Council April 14th 1834 entitled "an 
ordinance in relation to the North Burial Ground," 

Passed Oct 20th 1834 
[City Council Records No. I, page fS/.] 

[October 20, 1834.1 On the Petition of Nathaniel Aldrich and 
Westcott Handy stating that they have Staked out and located a bury- 
ing place for their families in the North burial ground in this City 
measuring about twenty five feet by eighteen feet making two burying 
lots with a passage way three feet wide between them and requesting 
leave to enclose and fence the same for the purpose aforesaid. It is 
resolved that the prayer of said petition be granted and that said peti- 
tioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in and enclose said 
land for said purpose provided said fence shall be erected under the 
direction pf the Overseer of the North Burial Ground. 

Passed October 20th 1834 
[Cily Council Records No. I, page 188.} 

[November 3, 1834.] On the petition of George S. Harwood 
stating that he is desirous to take up and fence in a lot sufficient for his 
family in the North Burial ground and requesting permission therefor 
it is Resolved that the prayer of the said petition be granted ; and that 
the said petitioner be & he is hereby authorized to fence in and enclose 
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direction of the Overseer of the North Burial ground with the Sanction 
of the Mayor, 

Passed November 3d 
f834 
[City Couttcil Records No. I, page l8g.] 

[January S, 1835.] On the petition of Willard W. Fairbanks 
William W. Pitman 
Betsey Brown and 
Enos H, Briggs & 
Jonathan B. Sisson 
severally requesting leave to take up and fence in lots sufficient for 
burying places for their respective families in the North Burial Ground 
It is Resolved that the prayers of the said petitioners be severally 
granted and that the said petitioners be and they are hereby severally 
authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purposes ; pro- 
vided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 
North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor. 
Passed January sth 

183s 

[City Council Records No. I, page 192.] 

[March 2, 1835.] On the Petition of Asa & Jonathan Pike for 
leave to erect a Tomb in the North Burial ground It is Resolved that 
the prayer of said petition f>e & the same is hereby granted and 
that the said petitioners be & they are hereby authorized to erect a 
Tomb in said Burial ground provided the same shall be done under the 
direction of the overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanc- 
tion of the Mayor. 

Passed March 2, 1S35. 

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{March 9, 1835.] Resolved that Messrs Daniels Angell & Pabodie 
with such as the board of Aldermen may add be and they are hereby 
appointed a Committee to enquire into the expediency of Placing a new 
fence around the North burial ground and in Case said Committee shall 
deem it expedient for a new fence to be erected that they be and hereby 
are authorized and empowered to procure suitable Materials and Cause 
such fence to be erected ; and that the C'ity Treasurer be and he is 
hereby authorized and directed to pay the expense thereof to the order 
of said Committee, 

Resolved that the sum of. Four hundred dollars be and the same is 
hereby appropriated for the purpose aforesaid to be paid out of any 
money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated Alderman Newell 
added. 

Passed March gth 1835. 
[Cilj' Council Records No. I, page igS."] 

[April «, 1S3S.] On the Petition of John A, Townsend request- 
ing leave to fence in and enclose a lot sufficient for a Burying place for 
his family in the North burial ground it is 

Resolved that the prayer of said petition be granted : and that the 
said John A. Townsend be and he hereby is authorized to fence in and 
enclose such lot for such purpose provided the same be done under the 
direction of the Overseer of the North burial ground with the sanction 
of the Mayor. 

Passed April 6th 1835 
[City Council Records No. I, page /p5.] 

[May 11, 1830.] On the Petition of George Bailey 

William Bailey & 
James Cavenaugh 
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that the prayers of said petitions be granted and tliat the said Petitioners 
be and they hereby are severally authorized to fence in and enclose such 
lots for such purpose provided the same be done under the direction of 
the overseer of the North burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor, 

Passed May nth (835 
[Citjy Council Records No. I, page 20J.] 

[May 18, 1836.] On the Petition of Augustus J. Winship request- 
ing leave to fence in and enclose a burial lot in the North Burial 
Ground sufficient for his family It is Resolved that the prayer of said 
petition be granted and that the said petitioner be and he is hereby 
authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose; provided 
the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor. 

Passed May i8th'i835. 
[Ciij/ Council Records No. I, page 20^.] 

[May 30, 183S.1 Schedule of Real Estate belonging to the City. 

The North burial ground originally Comprised 45 acres & in June 
1796 the Town purchased of Moses Brown Eight acres adjoining west- 
erly on the same after a turnpike road was made through it leaving part 
of the City's land S? west of said road, this piece was afterwards sold to 
to S Dorr & others the subject of this ground is now in the hands of a 
Committee to ascertain its boundaries &c. 

Providence May 30th 1835 
Stephen Tillinghast City Treasurer. 
[CiVy Council Records No. I,page 2/^] 

[June 1, 1835.] Resolved that Mr Martin be and he is hereby 
appointed a member of the Committee appointed by the resolution of 
the City Council of the second of March last to procure suitable 
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ground in the place of Mr Daniels who has ceased to be a member of 
the Common Council. [City Council Records No. I, page 2l8.\ 

[July 6, 1835.] On the petition of Abraham Alexander request- 
ing leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot in the North burial 
ground sufficient for his family It is Resolved that the prayer of said 
petition be granted ; and that the said petitioner be and he is hereby 
authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose provided 
the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
Burial ground with the Sanction of the Mayor. 
Not dated 

Probably passed July 6, 1835. 
\City Council Records No. I i page 22J.\ 

[August 10, 1835.] Upon the Petition of Thomas Symonds re- 
questing leave lo fence in and enclose a burying lot in the North Eurial 
Ground sufficient for his Family It is Resolved that the Prayer of said 
Petition be granted and that the said Petitioner be and he is hereby 
authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose provided 
the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
Burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor 

Passed August ro 1S35 
\Ciiy Council Records No. I, page ^JO.] 

[STovember 2, 1835.] On the petition of Humphry Sprague 
David Thorp 
Branford Briggs 
Enos Briggs & 
William Howard Jr. 
severally requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying lots for their 
• respective families in the North burial ground It is Resolved that the 
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the said petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence 
in and enclose such lots for such purpose ; Provided the same be done 
under the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial ground with 
the sanction of the Mayor. 

Passed November 2 1835 
[Ciiy CoHticil Records No. I, page sjS.I 

[February 1, 1830.] On the petition of Henry Martin request- 
ing leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot for his Family in the 
North burial ground It is Resolved that the same be received and the 
prayer thereof granted and that the said petitioner be and he is hereby 
authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose provided 
the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor. 

Passed February i 1836. 
[City Council Records No. I, page 2^.\ 

[April 4, 1836.] Upon the petition of William Thurber 2d 
Ebenezer C. Cook & Henry Thurber requesting leave to fence in and 
enclose burying lots in the North Burial Ground sufficient for their 
respective families It is Resolved that the same be received and the 
prayer thereof granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby 
severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose ; 
provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 
North Burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor 

Passed April 4th [836. 
\City Council Records No. I, page 2^S] 

[May 2, 1836.] Upon the petition of James H. Read requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot in the North Burial ground 
sufficient for his family it is Resolved that the same be received and the 
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authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose, provided 
the same be done "under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
Burial ground with the Sanction of the Mayor 

Passed May 2d 1836 
■ [City Council Records No. I, page 248.} 

[May 2, 1836.] Upon the petition of John A. M^ Dougold & 
Alfred W. Pratt requesting leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot 
sufficient for their families in the North Burial ground it is Resolved 
that the same be received and the prayer thereof granted and that said 
{>etitioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in and enclose 
such lot for such purpose ; provided the same be done under the direction 
of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the 
Mayor 

Passed May 2d 1836. 
[City Council Records No. I, page 2^.] 

[May 10, 1S36.] On the petition of Rhoda Ann Benson wife of 
Tolon Benson praying in behalf of her said husband that leave may be 
Granted him to fence in and enclose a burying lot sufficient for his 
family in the North burial ground it is Resolved that the same be 
received and the prayer thereif granted and that the said Tolon Benson 
be and he is hereby Authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for 
such purpose ; provided the same be done under the direction of the 
overseer of the North burial ground with the Sanction of the Mayor 

Passed May loth 1836. 
[Cify Council Records No. I, page 2^0.] 

[May 31, 1836.] Schedule of Real Estate belonging to the City 
of Providence. 

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14 acres are enclosed a new fence having been erected during the past 
year. 

Office of Treasurer 

Providence May 31st 1836 
Submitted by Stephen Tillinghast 

City Treasurer. 
[Ci/_y Councii Records No. I, page 2^4.] 

[July 11, 1836.] Upon the petitions of Jacob Stever John Esek 
Brown James Smith & John Ayisworth requesting leave to fence in and 
enclose burying lots in the North Burial Ground sufficient for their 
families respectively. It is Resolved that the same be severally received 
and the prayers thereof granted and that the said petitioners be and they 
are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for 
such purpose ; Provided the same be done under the direction of the 
Overseer of the North Burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor 
and Provided also that the several privileges hereby granted shall be 
subject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto 
and shall severally Continue during the pleasure of the City Council 
and no longer 

Passed July nth 1836. 
\Ciiy Council Records No. I, page 26^.] 

[August 29, 1830.] Upon the Petition of Henry P. Yeomans 
and Amos D. Yeomans and of Abraham Stillwell for himself and the 
heirs of John Davis deceased requesting leave to fence in and enclose 
burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial 
Ground, It is Resolved that the same be severally received and the 
prayers thereof granted ; and that the said petitioners be and they are 
hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer 
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vided also that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to 
all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall 
severally Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed August 29, 1836. 
[Cifj' Council Records No. I, page 2yj.\ 

[November 7, 1836.] Upon the Petition of Thomas & William 
Fletcher respecting leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot in the 
North burial ground sufficient for their families It is Resolved that 
the same be received and the prayer thereof granted And that the said 
petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in and enclose 
such lot for such purpose Provided the same be done under the direction 
of the Overseer of the North burial ground with the sanction of the 
Mayor and provided also that the several privileges hereby granted shall 
be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation 
thereto and shalf Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and 
no longer. 

Passed November 7, 1836. 
\City Council Records No. I, page 28/.] ' 

[Decemtwr 6, 1836.] Upon the Petition of Jonathan Tiffany Jun. 
requesting leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot sufficient for his 
family in the North burial ground It is Resolved that the same be 
received and the prayer thereof granted And that the said petitioner be 
and he is hereby authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer 
of the North burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and pro- 
vided also that the privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all 
future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall C;on- 
tinue during the pleasure of the City Coundl and no longer. 

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tFebruaiT 7, 1837.] Upon the f)etition of William Aplin Stephen 
A. Aplin Frances Aplin & Elijah Seldon requesting leave to fence in 
and enclose burying lot sufficient for their respective families in the 
North burial Ground it is resolved that the same be received and the 
prayers thereof granted and that the said petitioners be and they are 
hereby authorized severally to fence in and enclose such lots for such 
purpose; provided the same be done under the direction of the Over- 
seer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and 
provided also that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject 
to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall 
Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer 

Passed February 7th 1837. 
[Cit}' Council Records No. t, page 2^.] 

[April 10, 1837.] Upon the petition of Thomas Prentiss request- 
ing leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot sufficient for his family 
in the North Burial ground it is Resolved that the same be received 
and the prayer thereof granted and that the said petitioner be and he is 
hereby authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose 
Provided the same be done under the direction of the overseer of the 
North burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided also 
that the privilege hereby granted shall be subject to all future regula- 
tions of the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council and no longer. 

Passed April 10 1837. 
[Ci/j' Council Records No. I, page 300.] 

[Judo 5, 1837.1 Office of City Treasurer 

Providence June sth 1837 
Gentlemen I have the Honor of enclosing herewith A Schedule of 
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City debt, together with my account Current for the year ending May 
31 last 

I Remain with great Respect 
Yr Obdt Servant 

Stephen Tillinghast 
City Treas r 
Read with accompanying documents whereupon it is Resolved that the 
same together with said documents be received and recorded. 

The North Burial ground Comprises about fifty acres of which 
about 14 acres are enclosed a new fence having been erected in 1835, 
[City Council Records No. I, pages 308, 374, 4/6, 484.] 

[June 26, 1837.] Upon the petition of Oliver Angell for himself 
and in behalf of Deborah Messer requesting leave to fence in and 
enclose a burying lot in the North burial ground sufficient for their 
families it is Resolved that the same be received & the prayer thereof 
granted And that the said petitioners be and they are hereby authorized 
to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose, provided the same be 
done under the direction of the overseer of the North burial ground 
with the sanction of the Mayor And provided the privilege hereby 
granted be subject to all future regulations of the City Council and 
Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed June 26 1837. 
\Cily Council Records No. I, page 32^.'] 

[July 31, 1837.1 Upon the Several petitions of Morris Deming 
Charles C. Mowry and Edward Billings requesting leave to fence in and 
enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North 
Burial Ground it is Resolved that the same be received and the prayers 
thereof granted and that the said petitioners be and they are hereby 
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provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 
North Burial Ground with the Sanction of the Mayor and Provided 
the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future 
regulations of the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure 
of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed July 31 1837. 
[Ci/j' CoHticil Records No. I, page J28.] 

[Au^8t S», 1837.] Truman Beckwith Allen Brown B. W. Corn- 
stock I. I. Comstock W, W. Comstock Ann Comstock Edward Har- 
wood Edward Harwood Junr. & Benjamin C. Curtis having petitioned 
for leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respec- 
tive families in the North Burial Ground 

Resolved that each of the several petitioners be and they hereby 
are authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose pro- 
vided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 
North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided the 
several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future regula- 
tions of the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council and no longer 

Passed August 29 1837. 
[City Council Records No. Itpagc JJO-I 

[October 23,1837.] Upon the several petitions of Thomas J. 
Griffin and Alfred G. Peckham requesting leave to fence in and enclose 
burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial 
ground it is Resolved that the same be severally received and the 
prayers thereof granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby 
severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purposes 
provided the same be done under the direction of the overseer of the 
North Burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided the 
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tions of the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council and no longer 

Passed October 23 1S37. 
[Ciiji Council Records No. I, p^^ge JJ^."] 

[November 27, 1837.] Upon the several Petitions of Seth Thayer 
Seth W. Thayer Isaac Brown and Nathaniel W. Brown requesting leave 
to fepce in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North Burial ground it is Resolved that the same be 
received and the prayers thereof severally granted and that said peti- 
tioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and 
enclose such lots for such purposes provided the same be done 
under the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with 
the sanction of the Mayor and provided also that the several privileges 
hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City 
Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and 
no longer 

Passed November 27, 1837. 
[Cily Council Records No. T, page 336.] 

[January 15, 1838.] Upon the petition of Joseph A, Chedel 
requesting leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot sufficient for his 
family in the North Burial ground it is Resolved that the same be 
received and the prayer thereof granted and that said petitioner be and 
he is hereby authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such pur- 
pose Provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of 
the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and Provided 
the privileges hereby granted shall be subject to alt future regulations 
of the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City 
Council and no longer. 

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tFebrnary 3, 1S38.] An Act Concerning Crimes and Punish- 
ments. 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 
Chapter Sixth, 
Of Offences against Chastity, Morality and Decency. 

Section 10. Every person who shall be convicted of secretly dig- 
ging up, or carrying away, any human body from its place of sepulture, 
or of knowingly concealing any such body so dug up or carried'away 
shall be imprisoned not exceeding ten years or fined not exceeding one 
thousand dollars. 

Section 1 1. Every person who shall be convicted of wilfully and 
maliciously destroying mutilating, defacing, covering over, injuring or 
removing any tomb, monument, gravestone, or other structure or thing 
placed or designed for a memorial of the dead or any fence, railing, 
curb, tree or shrub or other thing intended for the protection or for the 
ornament of any tomb monument gravestone or other structure before 
mentioned, or of any inclosure of the sepulture of the dead, shall be 
imprisoned not exceeding ten months or fined not exceeding five hun- 
dred dollars. 

Note. In the General Laws — edition of 1857 — the foregoing 
appears modified slightly so that it reads as follows: Sec. 21 Every 
person who shall be convicted of secretly disinterring, digging up, remov- 
ing or carrying away etc. [General laws of Rhode Island, 1822-1842. 
See act passed February 22, 181J, also at October Session l8j8, page ^p.] 

[April 9, 1838.] Upon the Petition of Hannah Hunter requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot sufficient for her family in 
the North Burial ground it is Resolved that the same be received and 
the prayer thereof granted and that the said petitioner be and she is 
hereby authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such purpose, 
provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 



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North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided also 
that the privilege hereby granted shall be subject to all future regula- 
tions of the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council and no longer 

Passed April 9th 1838. 
[Cily Council Records A'o. I, page ^5/-] 



[June 4, 1838.1 Upon the Petitions of Alexis Caswell Richard 
Waterman Freeman Foster John Barstow George W. Jackson Nabby 
Jackson Charles Jackson Henry Jackson James Dennis John F. B. 
Flagg George H. Hopkins Ezekiel Carpenter William T. Pullen Heze- 
kiah Sabin William D. Salisbury and John Payton severalty requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North burial ground it is Resolved that the same be 
received and the prayers thereof granted and that the said petitioners 
be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose 
such lots for such purposes Provided the same be done under the direc- 
tion of the overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of 
the Mayor ; and provided also that the several privileges be subject to 
all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall 
Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed June 4 1838. 
[City Council Records No. I, page 36^.] 

[July Ifl, 1838.] Upon the Petition of William L. Burroughs and 
Joshua H. Work severally requesting leave to fence in and enclose 
burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial 
Ground it is Resolved that the same be received and the prayers thereof 
granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby severally 
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the same be done under the direction of the 'overseer of the North 
Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor And provided also that 
the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future regu- 
lations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during 
the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed July i6, 1838. 
[Ciij' Council Records No. i,page JjgJ\ 

[Augiut «, 1838.] Upon the Petition of William W. Aldrich and 
Isaac Goddard praying for leave to fence in and enclose burying lots suffi- 
cient for their respective families in the North burial ground It is Resolved 
that the same be received and the prayers thereof granted and that the 
said petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in ai\d 
enclose such lots for such purposes ; provided the same be done under 
the direction of the overseer of the North burial ground with the sanc- 
tion of the Mayor and provided the several privileges granted shall be 
subject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto 
and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no 
longer. 

Passed August 6th 1838. 
[Cit)! Council Records No. I, page ^80.] 

[August 20. 1838.] Upon the Petition of Earl D, Pearce James 
Wheaton Thomas R. Holden Luther Lyon John D. Jones Albert J. 
Jones and William B. Dean severally requesting leave to fence in and 
enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North 
burial ground it is Resolved that the same be received and the prayers 
thereof granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby sev- 
erally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purposes; 
Provided the same be done under the direction of the overseer of the 
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that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future 
regulations of the City Council & shall continue during (he pleasure of 
the City Council and no longer. 

Passed August 20th 1838. 
[Ct/j> Council Records No. I, page jS2.] 

[September 24, 1838.] Upon the several petitions of William E. 
Cutting and Lewis Leveck severally requesting to fence in and enclose 
burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial 
Ground it is Resolved that the same be received and the prayers 
thereof granted and that the said petitioners be and they are hereby 
severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purposes 
Provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 
North Rurial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and Provided also 
that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future 
regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue 
during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer 

Passed Sept 24, 183S. 
[Ct/ji Council Records No. I, page jSj.] 

[October Seitsion, 1838.] An Act in addition to "an act tu pre- 
vent the violation of the sanctuary of the Dead " 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section I. Hereafter it shall not be lawful to locate or construct 
any rail-road, canal, turn-pike road, highway or public easement what- 
ever, in, upon or through any grave, graves or enclosures used or appro- 
priated for the burial of the dead, without the consent of the proprietor 
or proprietors thereof ; and in case such place of burial belongs to, or 
is used by the inhabitants of any town, without the consent of the town 
in which the same is situated. 

Suction 2. If any person shall wilfully destroy, mutilate, deface, 
injure, remove or cover over by embankment or otherwise any tomb, 



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monument, gravestone, or other structure placed or erected to the 
memory of the dead; or any fence, railing or other curb; or tree or 
trees, shrub or shrubs, for the protection or ornament of such tomb, 
monument, grave, or other structure consecrated to the memory of the 
dead, he shall be liable to the penalty in this act provided. 

Section 3. Every person offending against the provisions of this 
act shall be liable to be indicted therefor before any court of competent 
jurisdiction : and to be sentenced to a line not exceeding one thousand 
dollars, and to be imprisoned not exceeding six months one or both at 
the discretion of the court. [Ads of General Assembly, October Session, 
1838, page 4g. See acts of Feb. 22, l8ty. ami Feb. J, l8j8.] 

[November rt, 1838.] Upon the petition of William R. Staples 
requesting leave to fence in and enclose a burying lot sufficient for his 
family in the North burial ground it is resolved that the same be 
received and the prayer thereof granted and that said petitioner be and 
he is hereby authorized to fence in and enclose such lot for such pur- 
pose provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of 
the North burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided 
also that the privilege hereby granted shall be subject to all future regu- 
lations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during 
the pleasure of the City City Council and no longer 

Passed November 5th 1838. 
[Ci/^ Cointcil Records No. I, page 388^ 

[December 3, 1838.] Upon the several Petitions of James P. 
Butts and Samuel H. Thomas requesting leave to fence in and enclose 
burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the north Burial 
ground ; It Is resolved that the same be received and the prayers thereof 
granted and that the said Petitioners be and they are hereby authotized 



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to fence in & enclose such lots for such purpose ; provided the same be 
done under the directitm of the Overseer of the North burial ground 
with the sanction of the Mayor and provided also that the several 
privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of 
the City Council and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City 
Council and no longer 

Passed December 3d 1838. 
[Ctly Council Records No. I, page ^^^ 

[December 31. 1838.] Upon the Petition of Augustus Ellis and 
Amey Collins requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying lots 
sufficient for their respective families in the North burial ground it is 
Resolved that the same be received and the prayers thereof granted 
and that said petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in 
and aldose such lots for such purpose ; provided the same be done 
under the direction of the overseer of the North burial ground with the 
sanction of the Mayor and provided also that the several privileges 
hereby granted be subject to alt future regulations of the City Council 
in relation thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City 
Council and no longer 

Passed December 31st 1838. 
\Cily Council Records No, I, page 3<)2.\ 

[March 29, 1830.] Upon the Petition of Christopher B. Arnold 
& Welcome Arnold requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying 
lots sufficient for their respective families in the North burial Ground it 
is Resolved that the same be received and the prayers thereof granted 
and that said Petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to enclose 
such lots for such purposes Provided the same be done under the direc- 
tion of the Overseer of the North Burial ground with the Sanction of 
the Mayor and Provided that the several privileges hereby granted shall 
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thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and 
no longer 

Passed March 29th 1839 
[City Coutuil Records No. I, page ^DO.] 

[May 13, 1839.] Resolved that the Surveyor of Highways be and 
he hereby is dir*^cted to Cause that portion of the North Burial Ground 
lot lying South of the South fence to be graded or levelled and, also to 
Cause the holes which have been dug or made in that portion of said 
lot lying North of the north fence to be filled up 

Passed May 13 1839 
\City Council Records No. I, page ^5.] 

[June 3, 1839.J Upon the Petitions of Mary Gardner Thomas Hall 
Daniel S. Amsbury Thadeus Carey & Amos Baker requesting leave to 
fence in & enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in 
the North burial ground it is Resolved that the same be received & the 
prayers thereof severally granted and that said petitioners be and they 
are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for 
such purposes provided the same be done under the direction of the 
overseer of the North Burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and 
provided the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all 
future r^ulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Con- 
tinue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer 

Passed June 3 1839 
[City Council Records No, I, page 42^-] 

[Juoe 24, 1839.] Upon the petition of Mary W. Rounds Joseph 
Veazie Susan Perry & JabezGorham severally requesting leave to fence 
in an enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the 
North Burial Ground it is Resolved that the same be received and the 
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severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose 
provided the same be done under the direction of the overseer of the 
North Burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided the 
several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future regula- 
tions of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during 
the pleasure of the City Council and no longer 

Passed June 24 1839. 
[Cily Council Records No. I, page 4j6.] 

[August S6, 1839.1 Upon the several petitions of Israel Amsbury 
Hannah Smith Gideon Palmer Richard Palmer Jonathan S. Palmer 
Nathaniel Searle & William S. Patten requesting leave to fence in & 
enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North 
Burial Ground it is Resolved that the same be received and the prayers 
thereof severally granted and that the said petitioners be and they are 
hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of 
the North Burial Ground with the Sanction of the Mayor And provided 
also that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all 
future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Con- 
tinue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed August 26, 1839. 
[Ci(c Coiittcil Records No. /, page 442.] 

[October 31, 1830.1 An Ordinance in relation to the Interment 
of the Dead. 

Section i. Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Prov- 
idence that there shall be annually appointed on the first Monday of 
June by the City Council, a sufficient number of persons to act as 
undertakers removable at the pleasure of the City Council. 

Section 2, That every undertaker shall make return to the Clerk 
of the Board of Health between the hours of nine o'clock A. M. and 



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two o'clock P. M. of the first Wednesday of each month of all inter- 
ments made and funerals conducted by him during the preceding month 
in form as follows to wit. 

An accurate list of all interments made by me between the 
day of and the day of 




Undektaker. 



Section 3. That all funerals shall take [dace between sunrise and 
sunset unless otherwise permitted or directed by the Board of Health. 
The top of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least four 
feet below the usual surface thereof. 

Section 4, That the Clerk of the Board of Health shall prepare an 
abstract of all returns made to him, and report the Same to the Board 
of Health on the Monday next succeeding the last Wednesday of each 
month. The board of health shall cause a monthly abstract of all such 
returns to be published in all the news papers which contract to do the 
city printing and shall also prepare and publish in all the said news, 
papers in the first week in January in each year an abstract of all the 
returns made to them to the close of the preceding year. 

Section 5. That every undertaker who shall violate any of the pro- 
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each offence to and for the use of the city to be recovered in an action 
of debt in the name of the City Treasurer before the proper court to 
try the same. 

Section 6. That any person other than such an undertaker who shall 
manage or conduct a funeral or inter or remove from the city a dead 
body shall first obtain permission in writing from the Board of Health 
or in their recess from the Clerk or one of the members of said board, 
to do the same ; and after said interment or removal is made shall make 
return as is directed to be made by undertakers in the second section of 
this ordinance; and for every neglect or refusal to obtain such permis- 
sion or to make such return shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars 
to and for the use of the city to be recovered in an action of debt in the 
name of City Treasurer before the proper court to try the same. 

Section 7. That all permissions given pursuant to the provisions of 
the sixth section of this ordinance shall be free of charge. 

Section 8. That all returns made by an undertaker or other person 
shall be recorded by the Clerk of the Board of Health in a book to be 
kept expressly for that purpose. 

Section 9. That this ordinance shall go into effect from and after 
the thirty first day of December A. D. 1839 and that on or before that 
day there shall be appointed by the City Council a sufficient number of 
persons to act as undertakers as aforesaid removable as aforesaid and to 
hold their said offices from and after the said thirty first day of Decem- 
ber A. D. 1839 till the first Monday of June A. D. 1840 

Section 10 That this ordinance be published three weeks succes- 
sively in the Providence Daily Journal, the Manufacturers and Farmers 
Journal and the Independent Inquirer 

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[December 23, 1839.] An Ordinance in amendment of an Ordi- 
nance Entitled "An Ordinance in Relation to the Interment of the 
Dead." 

Sec. I Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Provi- 
dence That the returns required to be made by the Undertaker under 
the second section of said ordinance shall be made on the first instead 
of the last Wednesday of each month 

Sec. 2. That the top of every coffin deposited in the ground may be 
three feet only below the usual surface Thereof instead of four feet as 
is required by the third section of said ordinance. 

Sec. 3- That the time for the clerk of the Board of Health to 
make his report to said Board be the Monday next succeeding the first 
instead of the last Wednesday of each month as is required by the 
fourth section of said ordinance ; and that the time prescribed in and by 
the same section of said ordinance for the Board of Health to prepare & 
publish an annual abstract of the returns made to them be extended to 
the second week in January in each year. 

Section 4. That this ordinance be published three weeks succes- 
sively in all the newspapers in which city printing is contracted to be 
done. 

Passed December 23, 1839. 
[Ct/j' Council Records No. I, page 455.\ 

[December 23, 1830.] Upon the Several Petitions of Job Luther 
Joseph Eddy Ezra N. Samson Kingsley P. Studley Sally B. Comstock 
Almon D. Hodges William H. Townsend St Cornelius W, B. Bennett 
requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their 
respective families in the North Burial ground it is Resolved that the 
same be received and the prayers thereof severally granted and that said 
petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and 
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the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanc- 
tion of the Mayor and Pro\'ided also that the several privileges hereby 
granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in 
relation thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City 
Coundl and no longer. 

Passe<i Dec. 23d 1839. 
[Cifj/ Coitmil Records No. I, page 456.^ 

[Marcb 30, 1840.] Upon the several Petitions of George McCarty 
Joseph S. Cooke Charles W. Rhodes William Sabin Amey Sabin 
Alpheus Burges William Bradley and Augustus Stevens requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North burial ground it is resolved that the same be 
received and the prayers thereof severally granted and that said peti- 
tioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and 
enclose such lots for such purpose Provided the same be done under the 
direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction 
of the Mayor and provided the several privileges hereby granted shall 
be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation 
thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and 
no longer. 

Passed March 30 1840. 
\Cily Council Records No. I, page 4^2."] 

[Hay 18, 1840.] Upon the several Petitions of Huldah S. Tripp 
John Wright Fanny Vaughan Edward S. Underwood John R. Dennis 
and William C. Millerd requesting leave to fence in & enclose burying 
lots sufficient for their respective families in the North burial ground it 
is resolved that the same be received and the prayers thereof severally 
granted and that said Petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to 
fence in & enclose such lots for such purpose Provided the same be done 
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sanction of the Mayor And Provided the several privileges hereby 
granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in 
relation thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City 
Council and no longer- 
Passed May 1 8 1840. 
[Citj' Council Records No. I, page <f/$.\ 

[Jane 15, 1840.] Upon the several Petitions of Edward Hall 
Stanton Thurber Mary Earle William Earle Daniel L. Perry and John 
B. Earle requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient 
for their respective families in the North burial ground it is Resolved 
That the same be received and the prayer thereof granted and that said 
Petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and 
enclose such lots for such purpose Provided the same be done under the 
direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction 
of the Mayor and provided the several privileges hereby granted shall be 
subject to all future regulations of the City Ccmncil in relation thereto 
and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no 
longer. 

Passed June 15 1840 
[City Council Records No. /, page S^^-\ 

[September 28, 1840.] Upon the Petition of Thomas Harkley 
Charles Greenwood' Diana Bragg Philander White Nicholas C. Hill 
Edward S. Sheldon and David Crowley requesting leave to fence in and 
enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North 
Burial Ground it is Resolved That the same be received and the prayers 
thereof severally granted and that said petitioners be and they are 
hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the direction of the overseer 
of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and pro- 

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vided the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future 
regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue 
during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed Sept 38th 1840. 
[dry Council Records No. 2, pages II f 12.] 

[December 14, 1840.] Upon the several petitions of George W. 
Weeden Ebenezer Cary and Lewis F. Hubbard severally requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose burying lots in the North Burial Ground 
it is resolved that the same be received and the prayer thereof severally 
granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to 
fence in and enclose such lots for such purposes Provided the same be 
done under the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground 
with the sanction of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges 
hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City 
Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of 
the City Council and no longer. 

Passed December 14 1840. 
[Ci/j' Council Records No. 2, pages 16 ^/7] 

[February 22, 1841.] Upon the several petitions of Josiah Bar- 
ney Jonah Steere John Atkinson and Charles H. Handy requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose Burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North Burial Ground it is Resolved that the same be 
received and the prayers thereof granted and that said petitioners be 
and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such 
lots for such purpose Provided the same be done under the direction of 
the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the 
Mayor and provided the several privileges hereby granted shall be sub- 
ject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and 
shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

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[May lO, 1841.] To the City Council of the City of Providence 
The Surveyor of Highways respectfully reports That as directed by the 
Resolution of the City Council passed May i$ 1839 he has caused the 
portion of the North Burial Ground lying South of the fence to be 
levelled and graded so far as seemed to be expedient considering the 
Elevation of the adjacent Streets and that he has expended on said 
work one hundred ninety six dollars. 

That the lot has not been brought by the labor done to a perfectly 
uniform grade to do which would require a large Expenditure both upon 
the lot and the Streets ; And that acting with the advice of the Mayor 
he has suspended operations for the present and respectfully submits 
this report of what has been done. 

Providence May 10 1841 H. G, Mumford Surveyor. 

Read whereupon it is Resolved that the same be received 

Passed May 10 1841. 
[Ci'/j' Council Records No. 2, page J2.] 

[May 10, 1841.] Upon the several petitions of David W. Barney 
Benjamin Priest Harriet Hazard John F. Jolls George A. Lummus & 
John A. VVadsworth requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying 
lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial Ground 
it is Resolved that the same be received and the Prayers thereof 
granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby severally 
authorized to fence In and enclose such lots for such purpose ; provided 
the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided that the 
several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to the future regula- 
tions of fhe City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during 
the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed May 10 1841. 
[Ci(y Council Records No. 2, page j;^.] 



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[June 15, 1841.] Upon the several petitions of Barker T. Yer- 
rington John McPhail Arba B. Dike and James Mumford requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North Burial Ground It is Resolved that the prayers of 
said petitioners be severally granted and that said petitioners be and they 
are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer 
of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor & provided 
that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future 
regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue 
during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed June 15 1841. 
[CVVy Coutuil Records No. 2, page ^8.] 

[September 13,1841.1 Upon the Report of the Committee to 
whom was referred the petition of Warren Batcheller respecting the 
triangular piece of the City's land lying South of the North Burial 
ground it is Resolved that the same be received and that the Standing 
Committee on Highways be and they are hereby authorized and directed 
to Cause said land to be graded, enclosed with a suitable fence and 
walks to be laid and trees planted therein whenever the sum of six 
hundred dollars shall have been raised by subscription and paid into the 
hands of said Committee towards defraying the expense thereof And 
that the sum of six hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appro- 
priated for the payment of the residue of such expense to be paid by the 
City Treasurer to the Chairman of said Committee out of any money in 
the City Treasury not otherwise appropriated whenever the said first 
named sum shall have been paid over to said Committee. 

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[October 11, 1841.] Upon the several petitions of George B. 
Jastram & John A, Jastram and of Martin Bailey & Ase Howard and 
of Mary Arnold George M. Richmond John Gladding Elizabeth G. 
Chandler Amey Shin Arnold and Nathan B. Hall requesting leave to 
fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families 
in the North Burial Ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be 
severally granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby sev- 
erally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose 
provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the 
North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided that 
the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future regu- 
lations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during 
the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed Octob. ii, 1841. 
[City Council Records No. 2, page /2.] 

[January 10, 1842.] The Committee on City Property to whom 
was referred the petition of Henry J. Duff Patrick Healy Patrick Ham- 
metl & others praying for a grant as a Donation to the Catholics of this 
City a portion of the North burial ground for their use exclusively. 

Respectfully Report that they have Considered the subject and have 
come to the conclusion that the City does not possess the right & there- 
fore Cannot grant as a donation to any Society whatever for their use 
exclusively any portion of the said burial ground. They therefore 
report against granting the prayers of said Petition. 

For the Committee. 
Providence Jany loth 1842 Jas E. Butts Ch?- 

Read whereupon it is Resolved that the same be received and that 
the Petitioners named therein have leave to withdraw their petition. 



[Citjr Council Records No. 2, page 75-] 



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[April 6, 1842.] Upon the several petitions of Celindia W. Dennis 
Elias Stoyles William Mitchell Welcome Angell and Nicholas Easton 
severally requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient 
for their respective families in the north burial Ground it is Resolved 
That the prayers thereof be and the same are hereby granted and that 
said petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in 
and enclose such lots for such purpose provided the same be done 
under the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with 
the sanction of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges 
hereby granted shall be subject to all future r^ulations of the City 
Council in relation thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of 
the City Council & no longer. 

Passed April 6th 1842. 
[City Coutuil Records No. 2, page 7^.] 

[April 19, 1842.] Upon the several petitions of John Donley 
& Thomas W. Foley requesting leave to fence in and enclose burying lots 
sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial Ground it is 
Resolved that the prayers thereof be severally granted & that said peti- 
tioners be & they are herewith severally authorized to fence in & enclose 
such lots for such purpose provided the same be done under the direc- 
tion of the overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of 
the Mayor and provided that the several privileges hereby granted shall 
be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation 
thereto and shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council & 
no longer. 

Passed April 19th 1842. 
\City Council Records No. 2, page yS.] 

[HftT 10, 1842.] An Ordinance in addition to an Ordinance in 
relation to the interment of the dead. 

Be it Ordained 1^ the City Council of the City of Providence as 
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Section i. Whenever any person shall die in this City it shall be 
the duty of the Physician attending in his or her last sickness to leave 
within forty-eight hours after the death, at the last residence of such 
deceased person a certificate stating the disease or accident which 
caused his or her death which certificate shall be delivered to the 
Undertaker who may conduct the funeral of such deceased. — 

Section 2. No Undertaker or other person shall bury the body of 
any person dying in this city without first enquiring for the certificate 
of the physician as aforesaid, and if no such certificate can be procured 
the undertaker or person directing the funeral shall within three days 
after such funeral report the want of the certificate to the City Clerk, 
and the undertaker shall with their monthly returns deliver the physi, 
cians certificate to the City Clerk. 

Section 3, Every Physician omitting or neglecting to leave such 
certificate as aforesaid and every undertaker or other person violating 
any of the provisions of this ordinance shall forfeit & pay the sum of 
five dollars for such offence to be recovered for the use of the City 
before any court of competent jurisdiction. 

Section 4. This Ordinance shall go into operation on the first day 
of July next. 

Passed May 10 1842. 
[Ctij/ Coiittcil Records No. 2, page So.l 

[May 10, 1842.] An Ordinance in addition to an Ordinance 
entitled "An Ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead " 

Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows, to wit. 

Section i. No Undertaker or other person shall hereafter bury or 
cause to be buried the body of any deceased person except in such 
grounds as are now known and used as burying grounds or such as shall 
hereafter be by the City Council designated as burying grounds & 
authorized to be used as such — 



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Section 2. Every person so offending shall forfeit & pay for every 
offence the sum of Forty dollars to & for the use of the City to be sued 
for & recovered in an action of debt in the name of the City Treasurer 
before the proper Court to try the same — 

Section 3. This Ordinance shall be published for three weeks in 
the Providence Journal the Manufacturers & Farmers Journal & the 
Independent Inquirer. — 

Passed May 10 1842. 
[CjV/ Cotmcil Records No. 2, page &).] 

[Ai^uBt 29, 1842.] Upon the several petitions of George J. 
Harris James E. Budlong Elizabeth Bridgham requesting leave to fence 
in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the 
North Burial Ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be granted 
and that the said petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized 
to enclose such lots for such purpose provided the same be done under 
the direction of the overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanc- 
tion of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges hereby 
granted be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in rela- 
tion thereto & shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Council & 
no longer. — 

Passed August 29 1842. 
\City Council Records No. 2, page 10/.] 

[September 26, 1842.] Upon the several petitions of William P. 
Read William Angell John H. Lonsdale Peter Church William H. 
Crins Alexander Eddy William Wirling Augustus Arnold Horace Cole 
William Cameron William W, Chace Bowen Spencer Samuel T. 
Manchester & James M. Turner requesting leave to fence in & enclose 
Burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial 
Ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be granted & that said 
petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in & 



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enclose such lots for such purpose Provided the same be done under 
the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the 
sanction of the Mayor & provided the several privileges hereby granted 
shall be subject to all future regulations of the City Coundl in relation 
thereto and shall continue during the pleasure of the City Council & no 
longer. 

Passed Sept. 26 1842. 
[Cit;y Council Records No. 2, page lOJ.] 

[October 31, 1842.] Upon the petition of Cyril Babcock Albert 
Angell Elias Smith Perry O. Osborn Edmund Thurber requesting to 
fence in & enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in 
the North burial ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be 
severally granted and that said petitions be & they are hereby author- 
ized to fence in & enclose such lots for such purposes Provided the same 
be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North burial ground 
with the sanction of the Mayor & provided that the several privileges 
hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City 
Council in relation thereto & shall Continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council & no longer. 

Passed October 31 1842. 
[City Couitcil Records No. 2, page 10^.] 

[December 5, 1842.] City of Providence 

Mayors Office Dec 5 1 842 
Gentlemen of the City Coundl 

I Respectfully Recommend that you authorize a survey of the North 
burying Ground with a view to a-division of a portion into Family bury- 
ing lots of Convenient dimentions in order that the grants the Coundl 
may hereafter make may he so located & defined that there need be no 
encroachments. 

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grants of the Council it is extremely difficult to prevent encroachments 
& improper interments. Of 105 grants made since November 1838 the 
locations of only five have received the sanction of the Mayor In many 
cases no bounds whatever have been set up to shew the extent of the 
lot granted and the number of disputes that will arise unless some sur- 
veys & laying out of the ground is made will I fear be constantly 
increasing. I Respectfully Your Consideration of the matter, 

Thos. M. Burgess Mayor. 
Read whereupon it is Resolved that the same be referred to the stand- 
ing Committee on City Property to examine & report thereon. 

Passed Decembr^ 5th 1842. 
[City Council Records No. 2, page /05.] 

[Februarj 6, 1843.] Upon the several petitions of Abby H. Ful- 
ler William H. Wicks George P. Daniels Francis Hall & Uriah Baker 
requesting leave to fence in & enclose burying lots sufficient for their 
respective families in the North burial ground it is Restjved that the 
prayers thereof be severally granted and that said petitioners be & they 
are hereby severally authorized to fence in enclose such lots for such 
purpose Provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer 
of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and Pro- 
vided that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all 
future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto & shall con- 
tinue during the pleasure of the City Council & no longer. 

Passed Feb 6th 1843. 
\City Council Records No. 2, page 106.'] 

[March 27, 1843.] Upon the petition of James S. Pidge Thomas 
Swan George W. Pidge Abner Gay Jun. Edward Martin & John 
Wilson severally requesting leave to fence in & enclose burying lots 
sufficient for their respective families in the North burial ground it is 
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petitioners be & they are hereby severally authorized to fence in & 
enclose such lots for such purpose provided the same be done under 
the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial ground with the sanc- 
tion of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges hereby 
granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in 
relation thereto & shall Continue during the pleasure of the City Coun- 
cil & no longer. 

Passed March 27th [843. 
[Ciij/ Council Records No. 2, page IOJ.\ 

(May 8, 1843.] Upon the Petition of John Wilson James Martin 
Joseph M. Hall William Haswell William D. Averry John M, Shambell 
Anthony Dexter Thomas Kent George B. Earle Edwin H. Brown 
Joseph H. Humphreys Benjamin D. Earle Albert G. Dexter George W. 
Brown Joseph W. Briggs Richard Smith for self and son Pitts Smith 
Thomas Greene Charles Lassell J, F, Crooker Severally requesting 
leave to fence in & enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North Burial Ground it is Resolved That the prayers 
thereof be granted and that said petitioners be & they are hereby 
authorized to fence in & enclose such lots for such purposes provided 
the same be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
burial ground with the sanction of the Mayor And Provided that the 
several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future regula- 
tions of the City Council in relation thereto & shall Continue during 
the pleasure of the City Council & no longer. 

Passed May 8th 1 843. 
\City CoHtieil Records No. 2, page 10^.] 

[June 12, 1843.] Resolved That so much of the Address of the 
Mayor delivered to the City Council on the fifth day of June instant as 
relates to the North Burial Ground be & the same is hereby referred to 
the standing Committee on City Property to report thereon at the next 
meeting of the City Council 

Passed June 12 1843. 
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[June 19. 1843.] Upon the Petition of James Howarth Ephraim 
A. Burrows George Hail Horatio Rogers Mathew Watson Daniel B. 
Salsibury George Hawkins Hiram Hill Charles W. Henry John Cle- 
worth Seth Howard William Allen William H. Harris John H, Greene 
William N. Landerkin Mary Rivers Hiram Smith Enoch T. Paul 
George W, Hall Joseph Brown Nathan Barden Edward S. Lyon re- 
questing liberty to fence in & enclose burying lots sufficient for their 
respective families in the North Burial Ground it is Resolved that the 
prayers thereof be granted and that said petitioners be and they are 
hereby severally authorized to fence in enclose such lots for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the direction of the Overseer 
of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and pro- 
vided that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all 
future r^ulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall Con- 
tinue during the Pleasure of the City Council & no longer. 

Passed June ig 1S43. 
[Ci/j' Council Records No. 2, page 126,] 

[September 11, 1843.] Upon the several [>etitions of Albert H. 
Ormsbee Michael Smith William Munroe Sarah Straight Alugina 
Angell Henry G, Coggeshall requesting hberty to fence in and enclose 
burying Lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial 
Ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be and the same are 
hereby granted and that said petitioners be and they are hereby sev- 
erally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose 
provided the same may be done under the direction of the Overseer of 
the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided 
the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to all future 
regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall continue 
during the pleasure of City Council and no longer. 

Passed Sept. nth 1843. 
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[January 8, 1844.] Upon the Petitions of Samuel Guild George 
Wood Joseph R. Brown Napthali Newhall Samuel B. Bullock Ethan 
Whipple James M. Bostwick Joseph Drummond N. P. Bartlett and 
Rowland Evans Thomas L. Tuell Halsey H. Maine James A. Gowdey 
N, C. Northup Harris Reynolds Jesse Parks William B. Bowen Chris- 
topher Blanding severally requesting leave to fence in & enclose burying 
Lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial Ground 
it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be severally granted and that 
said petitioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in and 
enclose such Lots for such purpose provided the same be done under 
the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the 
sanction of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges hereby 
granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in 
relation thereto and shall continue during the pleasure of the City 
Council and no longer. — 

Passed January S 1844. 
[Ciiy Council Records No. 2, page 14J.] 

[March 11, 1844.] Upon the several Petitions of George W. 
Steinhauer George Tripp Edwin Tripp William B, Bradford & Daniel 
C. Easton severally requesting liberty to fence in and enclose burying 
lots sufficient for their respective families in the North Burial Ground 
it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be granted and that said peti- 
tioners be and they are hereby authorized to fence in & enclose such 
lots for such purpose provided the same be done under the direction of 
the overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor 
and provided that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject 
to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and shall 
continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

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[April 8, 1844.] Upon the several petitions of N, C, Northup 
Ethan Whipple F, F. Foster Lydia Owen Smith Owen Silas G. Tripp 
William C. Helme Jane Kelly George Owen Ezekiel Owen & Henry 
Whiting requesting liberty to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient 
(or their respective families in the North Burial Ground It is Resolved 
that the prayers thereof be granted and that said petitioners be and 
they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such lots 
for such purpose provided the same shall be done under the direction of 
the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the 
Mayor and provided the several privileges hereby granted shall be sub- 
ject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and 
shall continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer 

Passed April 8 1S44. 
[Citj- Council Records No. 2, page /5^] 

[April 8, 1844.] Upon the Petition of Henry Holden, in behalf 
of a Committee appointed by authority of the General Assembly, to 
remove the remains of the late Gov'r Nicholas Cooke and his family, 
from the old family burial Ground near Transit Street, it is 

Resolved, that said Holden and his associates be, and they are 
hereby authorized to fence in and enclose a burying lot in the North 
Burial Ground for a place of deposit for the remains now in said family 
burial Ground ; and to deposit the same therein ; provided the same 
shall be done under the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial 
Ground, with the sanction of the Mayor ; and provided that the privi- 
lege hereby granted shall be subject to all further regulations of the 
City Council, relative thereto; and shall continue during the Pleasure 
of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed April 8, 1844. 
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[Hay 13, 1844.] Upon the several Petitions of Gardner Pettis 
Robert Pettis Thomas R. Tripp Major Tripp Benjamin Cornell Laban 
T, Rogers Arnold R. Pond & Hiram Chappell severally requesting 
leave to fence in and enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective 
families in the North Burial Ground — it is Resolved That the prayers 
thereof be and the same are hereby granted and that said petitioners be 
and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and enclose such 
lots for such purpose provided the same be done under the direction of 
the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the 
Mayor and provided the several privileges hereby granted shall be sub- 
ject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation thereto and 
shall continue during the pleasure of the City Council & no longer. 
Passed May 13, 1844. 
[Citj' Council Records A'o. 2, page /60.] 

[June 17, 1844.1 Upon the several Petitions of John Thurston 
Walcott M. Scott Charles A. Smith Edward P. Manning Royal A. 
Webster Thomas J, Peckham Geo. W. Buffington James Fenner 
Edward J. Mallett William Robinson William J. Cobb Susan Angell 
Abby L. Newel Chas H. Waterhouse requesting liberty to fence in and 
enclose burying lots sufficient for their respective families in the North 
Burial Ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof be granted and 
that said petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to 
fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose provided the same be 
done under the direction of the overseer of the North Burial Ground 
with the sanction of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges 
hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City 
Council in relation thereto and shall continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council and no longer. 



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[July 8, 1844.1 Upon the several Petitions of Daniel Fish Thomas 
Steward Mary Morrison Alexander Burgess John Tyler and William 
Amos Greene requesting liberty to fence in and enclose burying lots 
sufficient for their respective families in the North Burying Ground it is 
resolved that the prayers thereof be granted and that said petitioners be 
and they are hereby authorized to fence in and enclose such lots for such 
purpose provided the same be done under the Direction of the Overseer 
of the North Burial Ground with the Sanction of the Mayor and pro- 
vided that the several privileges hereby granted shall be subject to the 
future regulations of the City Council relative thereto and shall continue 
during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed July 8, 1844. 
[Cti_y Council Records No. 2, page t8b.\ 

[August 12, 1844.] Upon the petition of Edward S. Sheldon it 
is Resolved that the said Sheldon be and he is hereby authorized to 
fence in and enclose a burying lot in the North Burial Ground for a 
place of Deposit for the remains now in the Old burial Ground of the 
Sheldon family near Transit Street (which remains are to be reraovetl 
from said Old Burial Groimd by Authority of an Act passed by the 
General Assembly) and to deposit the same therein : provided the 
same shall \x, done under the direction of the Overseer of the North 
Burial Ground with the sanction of the Mayor and provided that the 
privilege hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the 
City Council in relation thereto and shall continue during the pleasure 
of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed August 1 2, 1 844. 
\CUy Comuil Records No. 2, page 188.] 

[August 12, 1844.] Upon the several petitions of Isaac Fish 
Lyman Ware and Benjamin Newton requesting liberty to fence in and 
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Burial Ground it is Resolved that the prayers thereof he granted and 
that said petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to 
fence in and enclose such lots for such purpose provided the same be 
done under the direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground 
with the sanction of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges 
hereby granted shall be subject to all future regulations of the City 
Council relative thereto and shall continue during the pleasure of the 
City Council and no longer. 

Passed August 12, 1844. 
[Ci/_y Council Records No. 2, page fSp.] 

[August 13, 1844.1 Upon the petition of Zachariah Allen & 
others relative to the North Burial Ground it is resolved that the same 
be received and referred to Messrs Knowles, Patten, Peck and Stimson 
of the City Council together with Messrs Zachariah Allen and Isaac 
Brown to examine and report thereon. 

Passed August 13 1S44. 
[City Council Records No. 2, page 190.] 

[Septemlier 9, 1844.1 Upon the several petitions of Samuel C. 
Eathforth'John Gorham William G. Angell Sarah Pratt and Albert 
Hoibrook requesting liberty to fence in and enclose burying lots suffi- 
cient for their respective families in the North Burial Ground it is 
resolved that the prayers thereof be granted and that the said petitioners 
be and they hereby are severally authorized to fence in and enclose such 
lots for such purpose provided the same be done under the direction of 
the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction of the 
Mayor and provided that the several privileges hereby granted shall be 
subject to all future regulations of the City Council relative thereto and 
shall continue during the pleasure of the City Council and no longer. 

Passed September 9 1844. 
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[April 21, 1845.] Ordinances of the City of Providence An 
Ordinance prescribing the time when certain ordinances shall take effect 
and the manner of publishing the same. 

Whereas the Committee appointed to revise the ordinances of the 
city have reported certain bills of which those hereinafter mentioned by 
their titles have been carefully examined and considered by this dty 
council therefore, 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows ; 

Section i. The several ordinances, the titles of which are herein- 
after mentioned are hereby declared to be the ordinances of this city, 
and all such parts of them as are amendments or alterations of any pre- 
vious ordinances shall go into operation and effect from and after the 
thirty first day of May next, viz : — 

An Ordinance designating the officers to be appointed annually by 
the city council in addition to those specially designated and required to 
be appointed by the City Charter. 

An Ordinance in relation to the north burial ground 
An Ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead. 
Section 2, All ordinances heretofore passed by the town or town 
council of the town of Providence, or by the City council of the city of 
Providence, which are repugnant to the provisions of the above named 
ordinances shall be and they are hereby declared to be repealed from 
and after the thirty first day of May next. 

An Ordinance designating the officers to be appointed annually by 
the city council in addition to those specially designated and required to 
be appointed by the city charter. 
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Section 2. That the following officers in addition to those required 
as designated in the preceeding section be appointed by the City Council 
annually until otherwise ordained, to wit • • ; overseer of the north 
burial ground ; ■ * 

Passed Apr. 2ist, 1845. 

An Ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead. 

It is ordained by the city council of the City of Providence as 
follows : 

Section i. There shall be appointed by the City Council a suffi- 
cient number of persons to act as undertakers removable at the pleasure 
of the City Council. 

Section 2. Whenever any person shall die in this city it shall be 
the duty of the physician attending in his or her last sickness, to leave 
within forty eight hours after the death, at the last residence of such 
deceased person, a certificate stating the disease or accident which 
caused his or her death, which certificate shall be delivered to the 
undertaker, who may conduct the funeral of such deceased. 

Section 3. No undertaker or other person shall bury the body of 
any person dying in this city, without first enquiring for the certificate 
of the physician as aforesaid ; And if no such certificate can be pro- 
cured the undertaker or person directing the funeral shall within three 
days after such funeral, report the want of the certificate to the city 
clerk ; and the undertakers shall with their monthly returns, deliver the 
physicians certificate to the city clerk. 

Section 4. Every physician omitting or neglecting to leave such 
certificate as aforesaid shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for 
each offence, to be recovered for the use of the city by proper legal 
process before any court of competent jurisdiction. 

Section 5. Every undertaker shall make return to the clerk of the 
board of health between the hours of nine o'clock a. m. and two o'clock 



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P. M. of the first Wednesday of each month, of all interments made and 
funerals conducted by him during the previous month in form as follows 
to wit ; 

An accurate list of all interments made by me between the first day 
of i8 and the last day of the same month inclusive 



Section 6. All funerals shall take place between sunrise and sunset 
unless otherwise permitted or directed by the board of health. The 
top of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least three feet 
below the usual surface thereof. 

Section 7. The clerk of the board of health shall prepare an 
abstract of all the returns made to him, and report the same to the 
board of health, on the Monday next succeeding the first Wednesday of 
each month. The board of health shall cause a monthly abstract of all 
such returns to be published in all the newspapers which contract to do 
the city printing and shall also prepare and publish in all the said news- 
papers in the second week fn January in each year an abstract of all the 
returns made to them to the close of the preceding year. 

Section 8. Every undertaker who shall violate any of the provisions 
of the preceding section of this ordinance shall forfeit and pay the sum 
of ten dollars for each offence, to and for the use of the city to be 
recovered by proper legal process, before any court of competent juris- 
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Section g. Any person other than such an undertaker who shall 
manage and conduct a funeral or inter or remove from the city a dead 
body, shall first obtain permission in writing from the board of health 
or in their recess from the clerk or one of the members of said board, 
to do the same ; and after said interment or removal is made, shall 
make return as is directed to be made by undertakers in the fifth section 
of this ordinance and for every neglect or refusal to obtain such permis- 
sion, or to make such return, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dol- 
lars to and for the use of the city to be recovered by proper legal pro- 
cess before the proper court to try the same. 

Section to. All permissions given pursuant to the provisions of the 
ninth section of this ordinance shall be free of charge. 

Section ii. All returns made by an undertaker or other person 
shall be recorded by the clerk of the board of health in a book to be 
kept expressly for that purpose. 

Section 1 2, No undertaker or other person shall hereafter bury or 
cause to be buried the body of any deceased person except in such 
grounds as are now known and used as burying grounds or such as shall 
hereafter be by the city council designated as burying grounds and 
authorized to be used as such ; and every person so offending shall for- 
feit and pay for every offence the sum of forty dollars, to and for the 
use of the city to be sued for and recovered in an action of debt in the 
name of the city treasurer before any court of competent jurisdiction. 
Passed April 21 1845. 

An Ordinance in relation to the North Burial Ground. 

Section i. Be it ordained by the city council of the city of Provi- 
dence that no person shall erect or build any vault within the limits of 
the city burial ground, nor enclose any part or portion thereof without 
leave first had and obtained from the city council. 

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ordinance shall forfeit and pay a sum not less than ten dollars nor more 
than fifty dollars, to and for the iise of the city to be recovered by pro- 
per legal -process before any court of competent jurisdiction. 

Section 3, That the overseer of said burial ground shall keep the 
fences around the same in proper repair and the gates thereof locked ; 
and he shall report to the mayor every violation of this ordinance as 
soon as may be that the same may be prosecuted. 

Passed April 21, 1845. 
[Ordinance Book No. I, between pages I ^ JJ, in office of City Clerk.'\ 

[May 15, 1845.] Upon the several Petitions of Avery Pettis 
John Hamilton James Clingan Phillis Church Thomas Phillips George 
S. Peckham Luther Horton Eliphalet Horton Paris Winsor Jr. Sarah 
A. Grey Gamaliel L. Dwight Hezekiah Sabin Jr. John Galloway Levi 
Day Joseph A. Capwell Elisha Emerson Stephen R. Weeden William 
Mansir Lyman G. Grant Daniel Russell Hugh H. Brown & Hosea 
Ballou Jr. requesting liberty to fence in and enclose burying lots suffi- 
cient for their respective families in the North Burial Ground it is 
resolved that the prayers thereof be severally granted and that said 
petitioners be and they are hereby severally authorized to fence in and 
enclose such lots for such purpose provided the same be done under the 
direction of the Overseer of the North Burial Ground with the sanction 
of the Mayor and provided that the several privileges hereby granted 
shall be subject to all future regulations of the City Council in relation 
thereto and shall continue during the pleasure of the City Council and 
no longer. 

Passed May i s 1 845. 
\City O'liHcil Records No. 2, page 2iy.] 

[AiifuHt 11, 1845.] The Committee appointed by the City 
Council on the 12th of August 1844 upon the petition of Zachariah 
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plan for improving the North Burial Groiinci belonging to this City and 
for ensuring the preservation of the Monuments erected thereon. 

Make Report giving a detailed history of the proceedings of the 
Town in regard to said Ground from the tenth day of June A. D. 1700 
(on which day a Town Meeting was held and proceedings were liad 
which vested in the Town the Title to the land and appropriated the 
same to the use of a Common burying ground) up to April 21 1831 
and also the proceedings of the City since its incorporation up to the 
date of the Report. 

Read Whereupon it is resolved that the same be received. 

Passed August 11 1845. 
[Ci/j' Council Records No. 2, page 2^S-] 

[Augrust 11, 1845.] Resolutions Reported by the Conjmittee on 
the Petition of Zacbariah Allen and others relative to the North Burial 
Ground. 

I. Resolved that Messrs Patten, Stimson, Peck and Alderman 
Knowles be and they arc hereby appointed a Committee to lay out in 
and around the North Burying Ground proper lanes and avenues for 
passing in and through the same not to be filled up, or encroached upon, 
marking the same as far as can be, by permanent monuments 

2d Resolved That the same Committee lay out said Burying 
Ground into suitable lots, and ranges of lots for burying the dead that 
after setting off a sufficient quantity of land for free use, they appraise 
the lots and all grants of lots not now taken up and enclosed, or here- 
after taken up, shall be from the appraised lots and at the valuation set 
thereupon — upon the payment of which to the City Treasurer and the 
production to him of the certificate of the Superintendent or overseer of 
the Burying Ground, that he is entitled thereto the party entitled thereto 
shall receive a fee simple Deed executed by the City Treasurer condi- 
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eral regulations as shall from time to time be adopted not affecting the 
title thereto. 

That said Committee also appraise the lots already enclosed, taken 
up or appropriated, whether under grants of the City Council or not ; 
and upon the payment of the valuation put thereon and the production 
of a Certificate as aforesaid the holders shall receive a fee simple deed 
as aforesaid. 

3d Resolved That the same committee cause a suitable fence to be 
erected around the North Burying Ground and that the City Treasurer 
pay the expense thereof upon the order of the Committee, out of any 
money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated not exceeding the 
sum of Twenty five Hundred Dollars That said Committee be em- 
powered by agreement and contract with the owners of land adjoining 
the North Burying Ground, to fix and establish the bounds of said 
Burying Ground and to make such exchanges of land in regard to the 
same as said Committee shall deem expedient and advantageous for the 
Burying Ground and that they cause the bounds to be marked by dur- 
able monuments and evidences. 

4th Resolved That the same Committee prepare and report to the 
City Council a draft of regulations for the North Burying Ground pro- 
per to be adopted and passed into an Ordinance of the City. 

5th Resolved that the Committee on City Property cause the strip 
of land on the Easterly side of Sexton Street authorized to be sold by 
vote of the General Assembly in October 1 795 to be graded and divided 
into suitable house lots and to be sold at public auction or otherwise in 
their discretion. 

6th Resolved that the City Treasurer keep a special account of 
Receipts and expenditures on account of the North Burying Ground 
Crediting also to said account all monies received on account of Sales 
of land Easterly of Sexton Street. 

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Deeds of North Burying Ground lots, the fees for recording to be paid 
by the Grantees. 

Passed August 1 1. 1845. 
[Ct'fj' Council Records No. 2, page 246.] 

[October 11, 184B.] City of Providence to John Carter Brown — 
I500— Warranty. A certain parcel of land lying near the North Bury- 
ing Ground in said City of Providence and bounded northwardly by the 
dividing line between said City & the Town of North Providence, east- 
wardly by the Pawtucket Turnpike Road and North Main Street, south- 
wardly by land belonging to John & Richard Gannon, and westwardly 
by a continuation of Sexton street as laid down on a plat of said land & 
street made by S. B, Gushing on the 9th of September 1845 and 
recorded in the City Clerks office. Provided however that the grantee 
shall at all times keep open for the purpose of a public highway a strip 
of land fifty feet in width laid down on said plat as a Street from said 
North Main Street to Sexton Street (continued) opposite to the junc- 
tion of Harrington Lane with said North Main Street. [Deed Book 
No. (^, page 73.-\ 

[October 13, 1845.] Report. To the Hon. City Council The 
Standing Committee of City Property who were by a Resolution passed 
by the City Council on the i ith of August last directed to cause the 
strip of land on the Easterly side of Sexton Street to be sold hereby 
make Report that they have sold the same to John Carter Brown of 
Pro\idence at private sale for two thousand five hundred dollars for 
Cash on the delivery of the deed. 

N. F, Potter for the Committee. 
October 13 1845. 

Read whereupon it is Resolved that the same be received, 

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[November 10, 1845.] An Ordinance in addition to "An Ordi- 
nance in relation to the North Burying Ground " 

Section I. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Provi- 
dence That no grave shall be dug nor any body be buried in or upon 
any Avenue, path or passage way in the North Burying Ground and 
any body so buried shall be removed by the Superintendent or by the 
Committee of said Burying Ground at the expense of the person or 
persons burying or procuring the same to be buried." 

Section 2. That no grave shall be dug nor any body be buried 
within the North Burying Ground excepting in and upon Lots of Pro- 
prietors unless the place of such grave or burial be located under the 
direction of said Superintendent or of said Committee. 

Section 3, That every person who shall violate any provision of 
this Ordinance, shall forfeit and pay a sum not less than ten dollars nor 
more than fifty dollars to and for the use of the City to be recovered by 
proper legal process before any Court of Competent jurisdiction. 

Section 4. That the Superintendent of said North Burying Ground 
shall act in Conformity with the directions of the Committee of said 
Burying Ground in all matters under this Ordinance until general regu- 
lations for said Burying Ground shall be adopted by the City Council. 

Section 5. The said Superintendent shall be authorized to require 
and receive twenty five cents for each certificate which he shall give in 
conformity with any Ordinance or Regulation concerning said Burying 
Ground. 

Passed November 10, 1845. 
[Ciij' Coimcil Records No. 2, page 362.] 

[December 8, 1845.] To the Hon. the City Council of the City 
of Providence. 

The Committee appointed by the City Coimcil under the' Resolu- 
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North Burying Ground being still engaged in the performance of those 
duties have yet made such progress therein as they now Respectfiiily 
Report. 

As authorized by the ist of said Resolutions They have laid out in 
the North Burying Ground lanes and avenues for the Convenient use of 
the Ground some of which should be graded levelled and prepared for 
use at an early period in the spring others may remain without injury 
to the Burying Ground until a sufficient number of the lots shall be 
taken up to make it expedient to continue the improvements. Those 
within the present enclosure (which includes only the part in present 
and constant use) will be completed without unnecessary delay. As 
directed by the 2d of said Resolutions they have laid out (thus far how- 
ever only in the present enclosed and usetl part) in said Burying Ground 
and numbered suitable lots and ranges of lots for burying the Dead. 
They have set off a sufficient quantity of land for free use all which is 
plainly exhibited upon a plat and also by stakes in the Ground. 

They have also placed a valuation upon the lots which are of various 
dimensions and shape in consequence of the inequalities in the surface 
of the ground ; the general size of the lots is i6 feet by 20 or 320 square 
f6et. The Council will remember that the declared object of the valua- 
tion upon the lots was not to raise a revenue for general purposes but 
only to secure from the Ground itself sufficient means to defray the 
expense of maintaining it in proper condition the whole receipts there- 
from to be applied for that purpose and a separate account thereof to 
be kept by the City Treasurer 

Having this object in view the Committee placed but a light valua- 
tion upon the lots dividing them into only two classes ; upon one of which 
they assessed three and one half cents the square foot making the cost 
of such a lot between eleven and twelve dollars, upon the other class 
two cents the square foot making the cost of such a lot between six and 
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appHed to the protection and improvement of the Burying Ground and 
that the purchaser instead of receiving the conditional grant only "dur- 
ing the pleasure of the City Council and no longer " which is the only 
tenure by which lots are now held will upon such payment receive an 
absolute deed subject to no disturbance in his possession, the Com- 
munity can not but approve a plan which addresses itself so palpably to 
their interests and sentiment. Certainly no objection to it need be 
apprehended from any one worthy of respectable burial. 

All that part of the present enclosure between the Central Avenue 
and Sexton Street including all the Tombs, and all lots now regularly 
located therein and designated by enclosure or bounds whether located 
by ancient usage or by City ordinance together with a portion of lots 
laid off West and South of said Central Avenue in the Southerly part 
of the enclosure and south of a cross avenue marked on the plat is con- 
tained in the tract where the lots are valued at the lowest rate of valua- 
tion, Not because those locations are less esteemed but because the 
immethodical manner in which it has been used and its crowded state 
leave but little opportunity for Selection or satisfactory arrangement. 

The tract North of said Cross Avenue and West of Central Avenue 
received the higher valuation because less used and more open for selec- 
tion and improvement; some lots on this tract may require a deduction 

The Committee anticipate however that as lots are taken up and 
improved the value will be enhanced both of those appropriated and of 
those remaining and as improvements suggest improvements and make 
them almost indispensable, that the means for any desired improvement 
may readily be raised from the premises and as the location and nature 
of the ground favor it it will in a few years become a cemetery credit- 
able to the City 

As directed by the 3d of said Resolutions the Committee for fenc- 
ing the Burying Ground have contracted for Stone Posts and have 
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are confering with the adjoining owners as to the lines about which 
they have as yet seen no cause to apprehend any insurmountable dif- 
ficulty 

The Committee do not propose to present a Draft of Regulations as 
directed in the 4th Resolution, until further progress has been made in 
introducing order and system in the use of the Ground ; to enable them 
to effect this they must as they have heretofore done apply to the 
Council to aid them with occasional enactments of which those found 
necessary will eventually be embodied in the permanent regulations 
while others of a temporary nature will be discontinued 

They herewith present a Draft of an Ordinance in alteration of and 
in addition to the "Ordinance in relation to the North Burial Ground" 
and request it may be passed. 

The object of the Ordinance which the Committee propose is — 
First to transfer the subject of granting rights to use and enclose lots 
from the City Council to the Committee on the Burying Ground. 

Second to prevent buying up lots to sell out again upon speculation. 

Third to prevent abuses within and around the ground. All which 
is Respectfully submitted. 

Wm. S. Patten. 
December 8th, 1845, for the Committee. 

An Ordinance in Alteration of and in addition to "An Ordinance in 
relation to the North Burial Ground" 

Section i. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Provi- 
dence that no person shall erect or build any Vault or Tomb within the 
limits of the North Burying Ground nor enclose any portion thereof 
without leave first had and obtained from the Committee on said Bury- 
ing Ground appointed by the City Council, which leave shall be first 
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Section 2. That no person shall take up hold or own any lot in 
said Burying Ground except for the purpose of using the same in good 
faith for a burying lot and not to sell the same for the purpose of specu- 
lation or profit ; nor shall any transfer thereof be made without leave 
first had and obtained from the City Council. 

Section 3. That no person shall remove any stake, post, bound or 
fence placed around, within or upon said Ground under the direction or 
permission of said Committee or of the Overseer or Superintendent nor 
mutilate deface or injure the same or any monument, tree, shrub or 
other thing intended for protection improvement or ornament placed 
therein nor commit any trespass or injury within or upon said ground or 
any part thereof. 

Section 4. That any person who shall violate any provision of this 
Ordinance shall forfeit and pay a sum not less than five nor more than 
One Hundred Dollars to and for the use of the City to be recovered by 
proper legal process before any Court of Competent Jurisdiction 

Section 5. That so much of said Ordinance of which this Ordi- 
nance is in alteration and addition as is inconsistent herewith be and 
the same is hereby repealed. 

Passed December 8 1845. 
[0'(_y Council Records AV. 2, pages 266-'/-8.] 

[June 1, 1846.1 Resolved That the sum of Five ffundred dollars 
f>e appropriated to pay expenses in laying out and making lanes and 
avenues in the North Burying Ground and that the City Treasurer pay 
the same upon the order or orders of the Committee on said Burying 
Ground out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated. 

Passed June i, 1846. 
{City Council Records No. 2, pdge J/0.] 

[Jane 1, 1846.] Resolved that Messrs Patten, Stimson, Daniels 
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upon the North Burying Ground with full power under and to continue 
and to carry into effect the provisions of any ordinance or Resolutions 
existing in relation to said Burying Ground. 

Passed June i, 1846. 
[Cilj/ Council Records No. 2, page ^tO.\ 

[December 4, 1840.] John Carter Brown to Wm. Randall — iioo. 
Warranty. Know all men by these presents, That I John Carter 
Brown of Providence in the State of Rhode Island in consideration of 
One Hundred Dollars to me in hand already paid by Z. Allen in behalf 
of the Subscribers to the P'und for improving the North Burial Ground 
have given, granted, bargained, sold and hereby give, grant, bargain, sell, 
convey and confirm unto William Randall of North Providence in the 
State aforesaid his heirs and assigns forever, 

A certain tract or parcel of land situate on the Westerly side of the 
Pawtucket Turnpike and constituting the Northerly part of the parcel 
of land purchased by me of the City of Providence by Deed dated 
October Eleventh A. D. 1845. Said tract is Bounded Southerly on 
other land of the Grantor by the continuation of the straight line 
recently agreed upon by said Randall and the Committee of the City of 
Providence as the boundary line (extending from the Smithfield Turn- 
pike) of the North Burial Ground Easterly by the Pawtucket Turnpike 
and Power Road, Northerly and Westerly by said Power Road & Sexton 
street to the Range of the North Burial Ground Boundary line afore- 
said. Also a small piece of I-and on the North side of Power Road 
containing 8/100 part of an acre, which tracts are particularly desig- 
nated and lain out by a Plat' thereof hereto annexed containing in the 
whole Eighty Nine Hundredths of an acre. [Deed Book No. IJ, page 
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[December 14, 1S46.] Resolved that the City Treasurer be and 
he is hereby authorized and directed to make execute & deliver in be- 
half of the City siich deeds and other legal instruments as are necessary 
or proper to carry into effect any agreements or Contracts with owners 
of land adjoining the North Burying Ground made by said Committee in 
making exchanges of land, in fixing and establishing the bounds of said 
North Burying Ground in Conformity with the resolutions of the City 
Council passed August ii 1845 

Passed December 14 1846. 
[Ciij' CoMHcil Records No. 2, page J41.] 

[December 23, 1846.] City of Providwice and Wm. Randall — 
Indenture. This indenture of two parts made and executed by and 
between William Randall of North Providence in the State of Rhode 
Island of the one part and the City of Providence of the other part, for 
the purpose of straightening the boundary lines that divide the land 
improved by the party of the first part for agricultural purposes from 
the iand improved by the part of the second part for the purpose of a 
public cemetery, 

Witnesseth That the following described line shall hereafter be and 
constitute the dividing boundary between the parties to this indenture 
their heirs and assigns forever viz : Commencing at a stone post set in 
the ground on the westerly side of Sexton street forming the comer of 
the fence recently erected by the said City of Providence to enclose said 
Public Cemetery, thence running North 6s°''if West seventeen chains 
seventy five links to a stone set in the ground ; thence south 18° West 
about six chains 77 links to a stone set in the ground at the comer of 
the fence as it now stands on the division line between the parties. 

And I the said William Randall for and in consideration of the 
premises and of the conveyance hereinafter made to me by the said City 
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said City of Providence and to their assigns forever all my right title 
and interest in and to all the land that doth lie on the south side of the 
boundary line first described, and on the easterly side of the boundary 
line last described, containing two acres and seven hundredth parts as 
by the plat' of said premisesdrawn by H. F. Walling and dated Deer 2d 
1846 will more fully appear. 

And the said City of Providence in consideration of the premises 
and of the aforesaid conveyance made by the party of the first part 
hereby remise release and forever quitclaim to the said William Randall 
his heirs and assigns forever, all the right title and interest in and to all 
that portion of the land heretofore claimed by said City of Providence 
as part and parcel of the North Burial Ground which lieth to the north 
of the first described line, extending from the west side of Sexton street, 
North 65°-37 West, seventeen chains, seventy five links to a stone set 
in the ground ; containing Ten acres and seven hundredth parts of an 
acre, as by reference to said H. F, Walling's plat thereof will more 
fully appear. 

In testimony whereof the parties aforesaid have hereunto inter- 
changeably set their hands & seals this Twenty third day of December 
A. D. 1846 

In presence of William Randall 

Wm. S. Patten Stephen Tripp 

L. Allen City Treasurer. 

[Deeti Book No. 102, page ^JJ.] 

[December 23, 1846.] Wm. Randall to City of Providence — 
J587. — Warranty. A certain tract or parcel of land situated in North 
Prov. in the State aforesaid & adjacent to the North Burial Ground 
bounding westerly on the Smithfield Turnpike whereon it measures ten 
chains, fifty nine Links from the line of fence forming the north bound- 



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ary of Samuel Wheldens land to a Stone Set in the Ground in a course 
N 8°-45' E therefrom thence South 65°-37' E Seven Chains Seventy 
five Links to a Stone Set in the Ground which forms the newly estab- 
lished boundary Stone between my land and the North Burial Ground 
thence S 18° W about Six Chains seventy seven Links to a Stone set 
in the Ground at the comer of the fence on the old boundary Hne of the 
North Burial Ground, thence S 8° West two Chains sixteen Links along 
said boundary line to the corner of the fence on Samuel Wheldens 
land, thence N 81 1/4° W. Six Chains Sixty seven links along the 
fence of said Wheldens land to the first mentioned bound. Containing 
Six Acres & Seventy six hundredths parts as by reference to a plat' of 
the premises drawn by H. F. Walling & dated Dec. 2nd 1846 will more 
fully appear under the following express restrictions & conditions. 
That whereas the amount paid to me as purchase money for the above 
described premises was furnished by certain Citizens of Providence by 
voluntaiy Contribution for the purpose, of enlarging the limits of the 
said North Burial Ground and of causing the same to be appropriated 
solely & exclusively for use as a public Cemetery forever, this deed of 
conveyance is made as a special Trust to said City for this purpose only 
& to be applied to no other use by those to whom said City may sell 
private Burial Lots in fee simple under suitable restrictions for the 
regulations of a public Cemetery. And I the said William in considera- 
tion aforesaid do hereby give, grant, & convey to the said City of Provi- 
dence & their assigns forever the right to lay pipes to convey water 
through my land, adjoining the easterly Bank of the Blackstone Canal 
in the most convenient direct line between the Canal Lock & the 
premises hereby conveyed to transmit the River Water thereto on the 
condition that said Pipes shall be laid below the reach of the Plough. 
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[April 12, 1847.] Resolved That the sum of Five Hundred Dol- 
lars be and the same is hereby appropriated for grading and improving 
the North Burying Ground, out of any money in the City Treasury not 
otherwise appropriated and that the Treasurer pay the same upon the 
order of the Committee on the North Burying Ground. 

Passed April 12, 1847. 
[OVy Council Records No. 2, page ^62.\ 

[June 7, 1847.] Resolved That Messrs Stimson Patten Daniels 
& Earle of the Common Council and Alderman Knowles be and they 
are hereby appointed a Committee upon the North Burial Ground with 
fuU power under and to continue and carry into effect the provisions of 
any Ordinance or Resolution existing in relation to said Bunal Ground. 

Passed June 7 1847, 
\City Council Records No. 2, page J J^.] 

[AuEUBt 9, 1847.1 To the City Council 

The Committee on the North Burying Ground respectfully Repre- 
sent, 

That Samuel Whelden is the owner of a Tract of land adjoining the 
North Burying Ground and bounded thereby on all its sides except the 
Westerly side which is bounded by the Smithfield Turnpike. 

This tract of land Consists of about Six acres on which are three 
dwelling houses Si two barns, that said Whelden has caused the tract to 
be patted into house lots, according to a plat herewith exhibited for the 
purpose of disposing of the whole property and offers it to the Com- 
mittee for Six thousand dollars 

The Committee Consider the offer an advantageous one for the City, 
believing that thereby the City will be able to benefit and increase the 
burying ground by the addition of a part of said tract and will straighten 
the lines of the Ground diminish the quantity of fencing will place a 
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the Burying Ground, possess and retain land enough with the buildings 
thereon to return if sold by the City all and probably more than the 
amount paid for the whole tract. 

The Committee therefore recommend that the City Council authorize 
the purchase of said Tract and appropriate the sum of Six thousand dol- 
lars for that purpose and submit the accompanying resolutions in con- 
formity with their recommendation 

Wm S. Patten. 
Providence August g 1847. 

Read Whereupon it is resolved that the same be received. 

Passed August 9 1847. 

Resolutions for the purchase and appropriation of Land of Samuel 
Whelden adjoining the North Burying Ground 

Section i. Resolved, that the Committee on the North Burying 
Ground be and they are hereby empowered to purchase for the City a 
tract of land belonging to Samuel Whelden containing about six acres, 
with the buildings thereon adjoining the North Burying Ground three 
sides thereof being bounded thereby and the Westerly side bounded by 
the Smithlield Turnpike and that the sum of Six thousand Dollars be 
appropriated out of the City Treasury for the payment therefor, to be 
paid by the Treasurer on the order of said Committee. 

Sec. 2, That said Committee cause an avenue or road to be made 
on the Northerly side of said tract forty feet wide running Easterly 
from said Smithfield Turnpike about Two Hundred feet then turning 
preserving at least the same width and running Southerly across said 
tract and to the said Smithfield Turnpike, so as to leave two hundred 
feet in width of said tract on the Westerly side of said avenue ; that the 
remainder of said tract on the Easterly side of said Avenue be and the 
same is hereby appropriated for ever to the North Burying Ground as 
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now belonging to the Burying Ground on the South westerly side of 
said avenue, to belong to the City in exchange for the part of said 
Whelden Tract, hereby appropriated to said Burying Ground — said 
Avenues separating the Burying Ground from the said tracts of land to 
be forever kept open of a width of not less than forty feet and without 
being built or encroached upon. 

Section 3. That the City Treasurer be and he is hereby directed 
to dispose of any portion of said property under the advice and direc- 
tion of the North Burying Ground Committee as they shall deem 
advisable. 

Passed August 9 1847, 
[Ciij/ Council Records No. 2, pages 388-g^ 

[Angiut 21, 1S47.) City of Providence to James Caffrey — 8825 
— Warranty. A certain lot of land situate in North Providence. Be- 
ginning at the Southwesterly comer of a lot on the East side of the 
Smithfield Turnpike Road and Runs Northerly Bounding Westerly on 
said Road Seventy four feet to land recently belonging to William 
Randall thence Easterly bounding Northerly on said Randall I-and one 
hundred and one feet to lot No 9 on a plat of house Lots on Smithfield 
Turnpike belonging to Samuel Whelden Surveyed and Platted June 8 
1847 by Atwater & Schubath thence Southerly bounding Easterly on 
Lots No 9 & 10 Seventy three -^5^ feet to Lot No. 7 thence Westerly 
and Bounding Southerly on Lot No 7 one Hundred and one ^y^ feet in 
a line across the middle of a well on said Lot and is No 8 (Eight) on 
said Plat. \^Dced Book, No. 14, page l^, Pawtuckci.] 

[August 24, 1847.1 Samuel Whelden to City of Providence — 
84990— Warranty. A certain piece or tract of Land situated partly in 
said City & partly in the Town of North Providence in said County 
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Lot No I (one) on a "plat of House Lots on Smithfield Turnpike be- 
longing to Samuel Whelden, surveyed & platted June 8th 1847 by 
Atwater & Schubarth " from thence northerly bounding westerly on said 
Turnpike One Hundred & Eighty Three feet to Lot No 3 thence East- 
erly bounding Southerly on Lot No 2 one hundred & five 70/100 Feet 
to Lot No IS, thence Northerly bounding Easterly on Lot No 15 sixty 
feet to Lot No 4; thence westerly bounding Northerly on Lot No 4 
one hundred & four 95/100 feet to said Turnpike; thence northerly 
bounding westerly on said Turnpike Three hundred & fourteen feet to 
Land recently owned by Wm Randall ; thence Easterly bounding 
Northerly on said Randalls Land Four Hundred & thirty two feet & 
nine inches to the North Burial Ground ; thence Southerly bounding 
Easterly on said Burial Ground six bunded & one feet & four inches ; 
thence Westerly bounding Southerly on said Burial Ground Ninety nine 
feet & six inches to Lot No 18, thence Northerly bounding Westerly 
on Lot No 18, one Hundred feet to Lot No, 19 thence westerly bound- 
ing Southerly on Lot No. 19 one hundred & 57/ioo feet to Whelden 
Street ; thence Southerly bounding Westerly on Whelden Street one 
hundred feet ; thence westerly bounding southerly on said Burial 
Ground Two hundred & Thirty Eight feet and Three inches to the first 
mentioned bound. [Detfti Book No. lOj, page 203.] 

[September 1, 1847.] James Caffrey to City of Providence — 
8825 — Warranty A lot of land with a Dwelling House & other Im- 
provements thereon situate in the Northerly part of said City, a few 
Rods East of the Smithfield Turnpike Road, & is bounded & described 
as follows viz : beginning at the Southwesterly comer of the Lot & runs 
Northerly one hundred feet, bounding westerly on a Street Thirty Feet 
wide (called East Street) & holding the width of one hundred Feet 
runs Easterly, one hundred feet & is bounded on the South, East & 
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[September 13, 1S47.] Resolutions for the purchase and appro- 
priation of Land to enlarge the North Burying Ground and for other 
purposes 

Resolved that the Committee on the North Burying Ground are 
hereby empowered to purchase for the City if they deem it expedient 
one or both of the lots of land with the buildings thereon adjoining 
North westerly the tract of land recently purchased by the City of 
Samuel Whelden and which adjoins the North Burying Ground And 
the sum of One thousand two hundred dollars is hereby appropriated for 
that purpose payable upon the order of said Committee out of any 
money in the City Treasury not otherwise appropriated. 

Resolved That the whole of the Tract of land recently purchased by 
the City of Samuel Whelden together with such additional land as may 
be purchased by said Committee by authority of these Resolutions is 
hereby appropriated and added to the North Burying Ground Estate as 
part thereof and subject to sale for Burying lots 

Resolved That said Committee are hereby empowered to sell to be 
removed from the lots or to lease together with the lots or any part of 
the lots on which they stand all the buildings or any part of the Estate 
which now doth, or by authority of these Resolutions shall belong to 
said Burying Ground. 

Resolved That so much of the Resolutions passed by the City 
Council on the Ninth of August last, for the purchase of land of Saml. 
Whelden adjoining the North Burying Ground as directs the City 
Treasurer to dispose of any portion of said Estate otherwise than for 
Burying lots under the advise and directon of said Committee and so 
much of said Resolutions as are inconsistent with thes'i Resolutions or 
any part thereof are hereby repealed 

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fgeptember 17, 1847.] Resulved that the sum of Five Hundred 
dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for grading and improv- 
ing the North Burying Ground payable on the order of the committee 
on said ground out of any money in the City Treasury not othervrise 
appropriated. 

Passed September 17 1847. 
[Ciiy Council Records No. 2, page J96.] 

IOctol>er Session, 1847.] Resolved That Messrs. Christopher E. 
Robbins, William H. S. Bailey and Caleb Congdon, be a Committee of 
this General Assembly to ascertain the lines of the Providence and Paw- 
tucket turnpike road and to mark out the same by proper bounds and 
monuments. [Ads of General Assembly, October Session, 184J, 
page 48.1 

[October 2, 1847.] James Caffrey to City of Providence — ^looo 
— Warranty A certain lot of land situate in North Providence in said 
County and State and is bounded and described as follows, Beginning 
at the South Westerly comer of the lot on the east side of the Smith- 
field Turnpike Road & runs Northerly bounding Westerly on said Road 
Seventy Seven feet to land now or recently belonging to William Ran- 
dall thence Easterly bounding Northerly on said Randall land One* 
hundred and One feet to lot g on a " Plat of House Lots " on Smith- 
field Turnpike belonging to Samuel Whelden Surveyed and Platted 
June 8, 1847, by Atwater and Schuberth thence Southerly bounding 
Easterly on Lots Nos. 9 & ro on said Plat Seventy three and -^^ feet 
to lot No 7 thence westerly and bounding Southerly on Lot No 7 One 
Hundred .^ feet in a line running across the Middle of a Well to the 
first mentioned bound and is lot No 8 (Eight) on said Plat. [Deed 
Book No. 14, page 20J, Pawtucket.] 

[December 6, 1847.1 Report. We were instructed to enquire 
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highways in this town. We find from the best information we are able 
to obtain that the old road laid out or built by the state prior to 1700 
& repaired & straightened by the state in 1713 from Weybossett to 
Pawtucket bridge, lay about the whole width of it to the west of the 
west line of the Pawtucket turnpike at the point where Harringtons 
lane enters it. From thence the old road formerly run west of and 
about in the same direction as the west line of the turnpike now runs 
about ten rods, when it made a bend more westerly untill it came nearly 
to the comer of William Randalls stone wall, where it made another 
short bend easterly & soon entered the present old road. — 

We cannot find that there is any plat on record in existence to show 
where this road was laid out. In Sept. [791 the town council of this 
town (at the request of the freemen of the town of Providence and 
their agreement to maintain the same as far north as they used to) laid 
out a new road 50 feet wide partly on the old road & partly on land of 
Jeremiah & Joseph Dexter. In laying out this road the council took off 
IS feet from Jeremiah Dexters land at Harringtons lane & at the said 
Dexters north line about the whole width of the road was carried to the 
road as it was in 1767. Both of the above roads never wholly in North 
Providence as the town was bounded by the burying ground. When 
the Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike was built in 1808 the turnpike 
by the original charter was located to the eastward of the old road of 
1791 wholly & would take all the land where the late Jeremiah Dexters 
house stands The turnpike company being unable to agree with Mr. 
Dexter or his heirs for the land where his house stood Applied to the 
General Assembly Oct 1808 for an Amendment to their charter & the 
General Assembly by their Act made the north west corner of Jeremiah 
Dexters dwelling house & a point three rods east of the road of 1791 
at the north line of said Dexters farm for the east line of said Turnpike 
road. By this Act the Turnpike was carried about one half of it west 
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of the Turnpike was to the east of the eastermost part of the old road 
of 1791 at the north line of said Dexters land. The city have sold to 
John Carter Brown the old road up to the west line of the Turnpike it 
being about two rods wide at Harringtons lane & some three rods or more 
wide at the north line of the late Jeremiah Dexters land in the town of 
North Providence as the town line run by the act of 1 767. By the 2nd 
section of the amendment Act, taking a part of the old road for the 
Turnpike it says "That no partition fence shall be erected between the 
old road and the road belonging to said Turnpike Corporation in any 
place southerly from a point twelve rods northerly from the south west 
comer of the land of Joseph Dexter " Which secures the right to 
travel on the turnpike from either of the old roads and does away with 
the necessity of that part of the two old roads sold by the city which 
lay in this town. The sale made by the city to John Carter Brown was 
made by the authority of an act of the General Assembly passed in 
1795 but said act does not authorize the city to sell any old road. It 
authorized the city to sell certain parts of the old Burying Ground 
which was bounded to the old road. We do not consider the sale of the 
old road in this town worth a straw if it should ever hereafter be neces- 
sary for this town to order said road opened. Although the road sold 
or the greater part is by the new line within the city the city have no 
right to declare said road useless it having been laid out by the state 
originally. The public having the right to travel on the turnpike 
opposite the old road we therefor consider the city as having done us a 
favor by selling the useless old road & do not think it is necessary for 
this town to take any further steps in relation thereto at present. 

Lemuel Angell 1 

I Comt. 
Stephen Randall ) 

December 6, 1847 Upon the report of a Committe heretofore Ap- 
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be received and placed on file. Town Council Book 6 page 297, 
[ Toivn Council Records No. 6, North Providence, page 2^J. ] 

[December 13, 1847.] To the Joint Committee of the City of 
Providence and Town of North Providence appointed to revise the 
Boundary Line between said City and Town. 

The undersigned ordered to survey and erect suitable monuments on 
the dividing line between Providence and North Providence, 

Respectfully Report, that agreeable to your direction we began in 
the Center of the Woonasquatucket River near the lower end of Four 
Stack Meadow and from thence run N. 32° 3 E to a Stone Monument 
on the Southerly side of the Road late the Providence & Douglas Turn- 
pike ; said line is indicated on the ground by a granite Monument on 
the bank of the aforesaid River also by another on the southerly side 
of Smith Street also by rough granite Bound Stones on each of the 
intermediate streets crossed by said line also by the South East comer 
of Mrs Smiths Mansion house. 

From thence we run N 3l''-55' E on a line ranging to the stump of 
an ancient Oak tree at the Original North west Corner of the North 
Burial Ground to a monument by us erected on the Southerly side of 
the Douglas Branch Road this line is indicated on the ground by a 
Granite Monument on the East side of Charles Street and on the 
southerly side of the West River Road near the junction of Walling 
Street also by rou^ granite bound stones on each of the other Streets 
crossed by said line from thence we run N 34° 25' W. with the South- 
erly line of said Branch Road about four Rods to the range of the west 
line of the Smithfield Turnpike to another rough granite Stone bound 
From thence we run along the West line of the Smithfield Pike N 
i^" E to a point in range with the new north line of the North burial 
ground where we erected another granite monument from thence we 
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East line of the Old Pawtucket and Providence Turnpike to anoltier 
granite Monument; from thence we run S 34''-25 W on the East line 
of said Pike to the intersection of the North line of Harringtons lane to 
a rough Granite Stone bound ; from thence Easterly with the North line 
of said lane and Easterly & northerly with the North and Westerly 
lines of the Old neck Road to a point in range with the dividing line 
between the Butler Hospital Estate and Swan Point Cemetery where 
we Erected another granite Monument from thence South about 69^° 
East with the dividing line between the Butler Hospital Land & said 
Cemetery to another granite monument on the shore of the Pawtucket 
River and from thence on the same range to the line of the State of 
Massachusetts. 

The Granite Monuments herein mentioned are about 7J feet long 
placed 3^ feet in the ground the remaining 4 feet being Cut or dressed 
to a smooth face on all four sides with the letters P and N. P. for 
Providence & North Providence cut on each, the rough granite stone 
bounds are about 3^ feet long & 8 inches square placed about 3 feel in 
the ground 

AH of which is most respectfully submitted 

Lemuel Angell 1 

[ Surveyors 
Stephen Atwater 1 
Providence December 13 1S47 

REPORT. 

The Committee appointed to run the line between this City and 
North Providence respectfully report 

That they have caused the line to be Carefully surveyed and bounds 
placed in conformity to what seemed most convenient for the Citizens 

The Chief Alterations are varying the line in the vicinity of the 
North Burying Ground and of the Butler Hospital Farm so as to include 
both of those tracts of ground and is part of Harringtons Lane in this 
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Herewith the Committee present report of the Surveyors with a plat 
o( the line from Four Stack Meadow to Seekonk river. 

The Committee recommend that the City Council join the Town of 
North Providence in petitioning the General Assembly for the passage 
of an act establishing the line as now run. 

Which is Respectfully submitted, 

In behalf of the Committee. 

Thomas M. Burgess. 
Providence Dec. 13 1847. 

Read whereupon it is resolved that the same be received and 
adopted. 

Passed December 13, 1847. 

Resolved that the Mayor be and he is hereby appointed a Com- 
mittee to unite with such CominiUeo as may be appointed by the Town 
of North Providence ; in a [Tclition to the Hon'. General Assembly for 
the passage of an act to establish the line between said Town and the 
City of Providence according to the report and plat this day made and 
submitted to the City Council. 

Passed Dec'. 13 [847. 
[Citj/ Council Records No. 2, pages ^oO-y.^ 

[January lO, 1»4».] Resolved That the Mayor who was on the 
13th of December last appointed a Committee to unite with the Com- 
mittee of the Town of North Providence in a petition to the General 
Assembly for the passage of an Act to establish the line between said 
Town and the City of Providence according to the Report and Plat 
then submitted to the City Council be and he is hereby authorized to 
agree in behalf of the City that said line be so established, that the land 
comprising the Swan Point Cemetery and the road in front of the same 
be included in the City. 

Passed January 10, 184S. 
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[January Sewion, 1848.] An Act in Amendment of An Act 
entitled "An Act Dividing the town of Providence and Incorporating 
the Northermost Part thereof into a Township to be called North 
Providence" 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section i. That part of the dividing line between the City of 
Providence and the town of North Providence between Woonasquatucket 
and Pawtucket rivers shall hereafter run as follows viz : Beginning at 
the middle of Wonasqiiatucket river thence north thirty two degrees 
three minutes east to a marked stone placed at high water mark ; thence 
on the same course to a marked stone on the southerly side of the high- 
way that was formerly the Douglas turnpike ; thence north thirty one 
degrees fifty five minutes east to a marked stone standing on the south- 
erly side of the Branch road ; thence north thirty four degrees twenty 
five minutes west four and a half rods to a stone placed in the line of 
said road and in range of the west line of the Smlthfield turnpike; 
thence north eight and a half degrees east crossing said Branch road 
and following the west line of said Smithfield turnpike until it intersects 
a continuation of the north line of the burying ground at which point is 
placed a marked stone, thence south sixty eight and a half degrees east 
across said turnpike and with the north line of the burying ground to 
the easterly side of the Providence and Pawtucket turnpike to a marked 
stone thence south thirty four degrees twenty five minutes west with 
the easterly line of said turnpike to the north line of Harrington's lane 
thence easterly with the northerly line of Harrington's lane and the west- 
erly line of the old Neck road to the range of the north line of Swan 
Point Cerfietery thence with the north line of said Cemetery to the 
Pawtucket river at high water mark thence due east to the line between 
this State and Massachusetts. 

Sec. 2, The residence or home of all persons inhabiting any dwell 
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shall be in the town in which the greater part of such dwelling house 
shall be situated as effectually as though the whole of such house stood 
in such town ; but the real estate shall be taxed in the town in which it 
is situated Provided that if the residence of any voter be changed by 
the operations of this act he shall not thereby lose his right to vote but 
may vote in the town in which his residence shall be after the passage 
of this act. 

Sec. 3. Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect the rights 
of the inhabitants of North Providence to the ancient burying ground. 
[Acts of General Assembly, January Session, 1848, page g.\ 

[January SesHion. 1848.] Report. The Committee appointed at 
the October Session of this Assembly A. D. 1847, to ascertain the lines 
of the Providence and Pawtucket turnpike road, and to mark out the 
same by proper bounds and monuments, respectfully report ; That they 
have attended to the matter Confided to them, and after a careful 
examination of all acts and proceedings in relation to this road since its 
establishment, June, 1807, they find that the lines marked in the accom- 
panying plat, delineated under their direction by Messrs. Atwater & 
Schubarth, surveyors, to be the true and lawful lines of said road, and 
that they ought to be marked and defined as such by the monuments 
and bounds which the Committee are authorized to erect. Immediately 
after the ap|xiintment of the Committee the agent of the road, at their 
request. Caused a careful survey to be made by a comjietent surveyor, 
of the same as originally laid out, with the direction to minute out his 
plat all encroachments on the line of said road by individuals or Cor- 
porations, and the number of feet and inches in each case and the nature 
of the encroachment Mr Atwater has performed this duty, as the Com- 
mittee from personal inspection can state, with great fidelity and accu- 
racy, which enables us to place on record such a full delineation of the 
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probably preclude hereafter any controversy upon that subject. The 
Committee passed over the whole extent of the road and verified for 
themselves the correctness of the surveyor's delineations, and then 
caused to be noted on the plat the angles at which, in their opinion, the 
monuments and bounds should be erectetl. They have directed the 
agent to cause the monuments to be procured and erected at the points 
indicated, unless the General Assembly in the mean time on an inspec- 
tion of the plat, be of opinion that their number or position can be 
changed to advantage. The number of monuments required to be 
erected from Pawtucket, bridge to the Providence line is twenty. 
With respect to the encroachments on the line of the road reported by 
the surveyor, the Committee have advised the agent to cause the cellar 
steps of Joseph W. Miller and of Enoch Adams, marked on the plat, to 
be removed from the road on due notice given, on or before the first 
day of June, 1848; and that he give notice to other persons and cor- 
porations which have encroached thereon of the fact and extent of their 
encroachments, and that he require them to discontinue the same as 
soon as may be practicable to remove the buildings or fences designated. 
The Committee have directed the agent to cause a copy of the survey 
herewith communicated, to be recorded in the town Clerk's office of the 
town of North Providence, and recommend that the original survey be 
depositetl in the office of the Secretary of State. 
Alt which is respectfully submitted. 

Christ'r E. Robbins 
Caleb Congdon Committee 

W. H. S. Bayley 
[Ac/s of General Assembly, January Session, 184S, page 62.] 

[February 14, 1848.] To the City Council : 

The Committee on the North Burying Ground Respectfully 
Reiwrt — 



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That in closing the account of the work done under the direction 
the last and present year in fencing & in constructing Avenues and 
paths and grading portions of the ground they find the appropriations 
made for those pur|>oses are insufficient to Settle the bills against the 
work by about Six hundred dollars. 

They herewith present a Statement of the account and request an 
appropriation of Six hundred dollars to settle the same Intending here- 
after to report more fully as to the condition of the Ground & of such 
matters relating thereto as may be of interest or importance. 
Wm J. Patten for the Committee. Providence Feb. 14, 1848. 

Read whereupon it is resolved that the same be received. 

Passeti Feb. 14, 1848. 

Statement of the Committee referred to in the foregoing Report — 
Disbursements for Stone Posts say $708 - 
" Chestnut Stuff 756.46 
" other Materials and Miscel- 
laneous bills 227.18 
Carpenters Work & Con- 
struction 547-12 
App<)rt.ionment for grading 

for fence 705.43 2944.19 

Amt imid for work on Avenues paths grading in- ^ 
chiding for tool House & office $50, and for tools 
cart & other property on hand $95. actual & estimated > 2589.41 

Cost nf removal & repairs of buildings to front iot 

Jf200.— J 

Am" Disbursements S533.6Q 



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Appropriations by the City. 
1845 October For building the fence S2500 

1S47 Oct. " Avenues Grading & im- 

provements to date 2000 4500.00 



Balance due from the Ground 1033.60 

To pay this balance there arc bills due Ground 368.30 

On hand of above appropriation 74-53 44283 



Bal. of Debt for which an appropriation is 

requested 590.77 

Statement of receipts and expenditures by the City on account of the 
North Burying Ground. 



Appropriation tor fence 




S2SOO 


" Grading 
Do tor the Whelden purchase Aug 9/47 
Do for the purchase of additional lots Sept 1 3/47 


6000 
1200 

7200 
1210 


2000 


Expended 


2500 


5990 


Whole Expenditure 
Receipts 

Received of J. Carter Brown Esq. 
Do for sale of burying Lots 


10490 
3907.07 



Amt expended over & above the receipts 6582.93 

Add to this the amt now asked for by the Com? 600.00 

Present indebtedness of the North Burial 

Ground 7182.93 



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Statements of the Receipts & Expenditures of the Committee for 
Fencing, Grading and other work to the present time 

Expended 5S33-6o 

Recei^ from the City Treasurer 4500.00 



Expended more than received 1033.60 

Deduct various assets now in hands of Com- | 
mittee estimated { 



442.33 



Due to the Committee S90-77 

The foregoing Statement I beUeve differs in form only from the one 
submittetl by the Chairman of the Committee and I cheerfully join the 
majority in asking for the appropriation ; which is needed to relieve the 
committee from its present embarrassment. 

But in as much as a portion of these Expenditures namely about 
two hundred Dollars for materials and work done on the Whelden pur- 
chase, and the annexation of that whole property to the North Burying 
Ground having never had the unanimous approval of the Committee and 
are in my opinion a departure from the original policy or plan marked 
out and intended to be pursued by the City Council at the commence- 
ment of the undertaking I feel bound to say that when the Council 
makes the appropriation now asked for it ought in my opinion to adopt 
some method by which the City may be reimbursed for some portion at 
least of the expenditures already made. 

Respectfully submitted 

by John J. Stimson. 
Providence Feby 14 1848. 
Read Whereupon it is resolved that the same be received. 

Passed February 14, 1S48. 
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[March 13, 1848.] An Ordinance in relation to the North Bury- 
ing Ground 

' Whereas the City Council of the City of Providence by an Ordi- 
nance passed on the thirteenth day of September A. D. 1847 did annex 
to the North Burying Ground a tract of Land then recently purchased 
of Samuel Whelden consisting of about Six acres fronting the Smith- 
field Turnpike on the West & adjoining the North Burying Ground on 
the E^st & did declare the same to be part & parcel of the said North 
Burying Ground Estate and as it is believed that said Land will not he 
needed for the purpose of burying the dead for many years. 

Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence 

Section i. That the City Treasurer lease the Three dwelling 
Houses & Bam on that part of the tract of land purchased of Samuel 
Whelden adjoining the Smithfield Turnpike which was added to the 
North Burying Ground by the Ordinance of September thirteenth A. D. 
1847 — and that he also lease with no building to be erected thereon that 
part of said Whelden tract added to the North Burying Ground by saiH 
Ordinance and on which said houses and barn now stand & now con- 
sisting of a Strip of land about 240 feet in width (measuring Easterly 
from said Smithfield Turnpike on which it fronts westerly) and running 
the whole length of the Whelden Tract and that he credit to the gen- 
eral account of the City all monies received on account of said Leases. 

Section 2. The Committee on the North Burying Ground are 
hereby authorized and directed to cause the tract herein ordered to be 
leased to be suitably fenced off from the North Burying Ground and to 
Continue the fence if necessary in a Southerly line across the South 
westerly part of the North Burying Ground Estate to the Douglas 
Turnpike 

Section 3. The rest of said North Burying Ground Estate shall be 
under the care and direction of the Committee on the North Burying 
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Ground who shall give his personal attendance care & services to the 
protection improvement & proper use of the grounds and to maintain- 
ing and enforceing all ordinances and regulations apphcabie thereto 
under the direction of said Committee. 

Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Superintendant to keep a 
Record in a Book to be appropriated to that special purpose of all burials 
which are made in the North Burying Ground including those made in 
Proprieters lots stating the name, residence, occupation, age, the date 
and as near as may be the place of interment of each person buried, 
with any other circumstances which the Committee on the North Bury- 
ing Ground shall direct. 

Section 5. It shall be the duty of the Superintendant to cause to 
be dug by his authorized agents all the graves dug within the North 
Burying Ground including those dug in and upon Proprieters lots — 
excepting those dug for the burial of the Poor from the Dexter Asylum 
which shall be dug as heretofore at the Expense and by the agents of 
the Asylum in that part of the ground appropriated for that purpose. 

Section 6. The Superintendant shall receive as Compensation for 
the performance of his duties the fees for digging all graves dug in the 
North Burying Ground, receiving the sum usually charged for such ser- 
vice He shall also receive the sum of One Dollar each for assisting in 
selecting and marking out and granting a Certificate for a deed of a lot 
in the Burying Ground : these fees to be paid by the parties for whom 
the service is rendered. 

Section 7. It shall be the duty of the Superintendant to keep an 
exact account of the money received by him for digging graves and for 
Certificates of lots: to be reported by him to the City Council annually 
previous to a new election and whenever directed. 

Section 8. All moneys received by the City Treasurer for the 
Sales of Burying lots in the North Burying Ground are hereby appro- 
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fences thereof and he is hereby directed (after deducting from the 
amount heretofore received and hereafter to be received therefor the 
sum of Twenty six hundred Dollars which has been appropriated tor 
making Lanes & Avenues and for grading said ground) to pay out any 
balance accruing from time to time for such sales upon the order of the 
Committee on said Ground or upon the order of the Superintendant 
Certified by said Committee. 

Section 9. Every person who shall dig or commence or attempt to 
dig any grave in the North Burying Ground except by authority of the 
Superintendant shall forfeit and pay the sum of Five Dollars for each 
Offence One half thereof to and for the use of the Superintendant or 
Overseer of the North Burying Ground and one half to and for the use 
of the City to be recovered by proper legal process before any Court of 
competent jurisdiction 

Section 10. So much of any existing Ordinance as is inconsistent 
with this Ordinance or with any of the provisions of this Ordinance is 
hereby repealed. 

Passed March 13, 1848. 
[Cily CoumU Records N». 2, pages 42^-6-j.\ 

[April 10, 184S.] Ordinance in relation to the North Burying 
Ground. 

Section r. Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of 
Providence. 

That the Superintendant of the North Burying Ground be and he is 
hereby directed to allow all bodies which were deposited in tombs before 
the first day of April inst. for burial in said Ground to be buried therein 
and the graves therefor to be dug as the same might have been before 
the passage of the Ordinance passed March 13th ult. provided said 
bodies be buried on or before the first day of May next. 

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[May 8, 1848.] Resolved that the Committee on the North Bury- 
ing Ground be authorized to cause repairs and improvements on the 
Whelden House and Barn not exceeding the sum of One Hundred and 
fifty Dollars to pay for the same out of the appropriation for the pur- 
chase of the Whelden Estate. 

Passed May 8 1848. 
[Ciey CouncU Records No. 2, page 4^.] 



[July 3, 1848.] Upon the petition of sundry persons Ordered & 
Decreed that a Highway is adjudged necessary to connect the Old 
Providence Road with the Power Road Westeriy of the Pawtucket Old 
Turnpike at a place where a Way or Road long used has lately been 
fenced across by — Randall It is further ordered & Decreed that Amos 
Ide, Samuel Sisson & Edmund Cole be appointed a Committee to sur- 
vey bound & mark out said Highway, agree with the owners for dam- 
ages if any they claim & report their doings together with an exact plan 
or map of the Road by them laid out in order that the same may be 
opened, reopened declared or established as a Public Highway — And 
Lemuel Angell Esq: is appointed the Justice & C. A. Leonard the Con- 
stable to accompany said Committee in the discharge of said duties. 
Voted & Resolved — That all unfinished business be Continued to the 
first Monday of August next & that this Council & Court adjoin then 
to meet at the Clerk's Office at 9 o'clock A. M. 

Attest J. H. Weeden T. Clerk. 
[Mr/// Provideiue Town Council Records, No. 7, page 12.] 



[July 17, 1848.] Resolved That Messrs Earle, P. M. Mathewson 
& Baker of the Common Council and Alderman Knowles be and they 
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full power under and to continue and carry into effect the provisions of 
any Ordinance or Resolution existing in relation to said Burial Ground 

Passed July 17, 1848. 
[City Council Records No. 2, page 46^.] 

[Augrast 7, 1848.] Report, 
Providence S, C. 

To the honorable the town Council of North Providence in the 
County of Providence to be holden on the 7th day of August A. D. 
1848 Pursuant to the aforegoing warrant we the subscribers on the 
tenth day of July 1848 being accompanied by the within named Lemuel 
Angell and Charles A. Leonard proceeded to where the old highway 
long used had been fenced across by Mr Randall and from thence sur. 
veyed bounded and marked out a highway from the most southerly 
comer of the Brown and Ives Dexter farm (so called) to the Power 
Road (so called) 

Beginning at the said southeasterly corner of said Brown & Ives farm 
at a stone set into the ground on the west side of said road and where 
their was the remains of an old stump a Noted bound of the Old road, 
and from thence running south 30 1/3° West twenty seven rods and 
live links to a stone set into the ground on the southwardly side of said 
Power road five rods and twenty links from the west line of the old 
Providence and Pawtuckct Turnpike road and said road is to take its 
width three rods wide to the eastward of said run out line. And your 
committee are of the opinion and believe that they have laid out said 
road over and on the same ground where an ancient highway has been 
traveled from time immortal until sience the make of the said Provi- 
dence and Pawtucket pike road Therefore in their oponions no one has 
sustained any damage thereby. 

But your Committee feel bound to report that Messrs William & 
Edward Randall have now a fence acrossing said road in two places 
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And the annexed is an exact draft or plan of said highway as surveyed, 
bounded and marked out by us. 

Given under our hands and seals this 7th day of August A. D. 1848. 

Amos Ide L. S. 

Samuel Sisson L. S. 

Edmund Cole L. S. 
[North Providence Records Box 41, City Clark's Office, Pawliicket.] 

Upon the Report of Amos Ide & others a Committee appointed to 
relay a highway from the Old Providence Road to the Power Road at a 
place lately fenced across Westerly of the Old Providence & Pawtucket 
Turnpike near Edward Randalls. Ordered that the consideration 
thereof be referred to a Town Council next to be holden at the Town 
Clerks Office on the first Monday of September next at lo O'clock 
A. M. and that William Randall & Edwin Randall being the only pro- 
prietors of the adjoining lands be notified according to Law. 
[North Providence Town Council Records No. 7, page /^.] 

[Septemlwr 4, 1S48.) Upon the Report of Amos Ide & others 
heretofore appointed a Committee to lay out a highway adjudged neces- 
sary to connect the Old Providence Road with the Power Road West- 
erly of the Pawtucket Old Turnpike where a Way or Road long used 
has lately been fenced across. The parties having been duly notified & 
no person appearing to claim damages or to object to the establishment 
of said Report It is ordered & decreed that said Report be received & 
recorded & said Highway as laid out established & that a Warrant to 
the Town Sergeant or Constable to lay the same open & remove all 
obstructions therefrom be issued returnable forthwith. Said Council do 
further adjudge that no person has sustained any damage by reason of 
the laying out of said Highway. 
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[January Seasion. 1849.] Resolved, That Messrs Hidden, Hut- 
chins and Weeden, be a Committee to define and fix the southerly ter- 
mination of the state turnpike Connecting Providence and Pawtucket. 
[Acts of General Assembly, January Session, l8^,page /6.] 

[June 11, 1849.] Resolved That Messrs Earle Davis & Martin 
of the Common Council and Alderman Knowles be and they are hereby 
appointed a Committee upon the North Burial Ground : with full power 
under and to continue and carry into effect the provisions of any Ordi- 
nance or Resolution existing in relation to said Burial Ground. 

Passed June li, 1849. 
[Ctiy CoKttcil Records No. J, page J0.'\ 

tOctober 8, 1849.J Resolved that the City Treasurer be and he 
is hereby directed to pay to Messrs Atwater Schubarth and Haynes the 
sum of Seventy Eight dollars and Seventy five cents being the amount 
of their account against the City for Surveying and platting the North 
Burying Ground. 

Passed October 8, 1 849. 
[City Council Records No. J, page ^.] 

[Deciember 10, 1849.] Resolved That the sum of Four Hundred 
and fifty Dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated out of any 
monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for the purpose of 
paying certain bills contracted for repairs in 1847 & 8 on Houses situ- 
ated on the North Burying Ground Lot purchased of Samuel Whelden 
and for the payment of the bill of the Superintendent of the North 
Burial Ground for labour. 

• Passed Dec. 10, 1849. 

[Ci/y Coutuil Records No. J, page 5J.] 

[January 14, 1850.] Resolved That the sum of fifty dollars be 
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of the North Burial Ground for services rendered by him during the 
year ending on the first Monday in June in addition to the amount 
already received by him for services during said year and that the same 
be charged by the City Treasurer to the account of the North Burying 
Ground 

Passed January 14, 1850. 
[Ciiy Couttcil Records No. J, page 56.] 

[January 14, 1850.] The Committee on the North Burying 
Ground recommend that a further sum of fifty Dollars be allowed the 
Superintendent for services rendered and that the same be placed to 
the account of North Burial Ground. 

Wm. Earle. 

for the Committee. 
Agreeably to the foregoing Report the Council allowed P. W. 
Martin the sum recommended. 
\City Council Records No. J, page 56.] 

Resolved that the within Report of the Superintendent of the North 
Burial Ground be received. 

Passed January 14, 1850. 
\City Council Records No. J, page 57.] 

[Fel)ruary 11,1850.] Resolved That the sum of One thousand 
Dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated out of any monies in the 
Treasury not otherwise appropriated ; for the improvement of the North 
Burial Ground and that the same be charged to the account of the 
North Burial Ground by the City Treasurer and paid out upon the 
order of the Committee on the North Burial Ground. 

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[June 3, 18SO.] An Ordinance in addition to an Ordinance en-- 
titled "An Ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead " 

It is Ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows viz : 

Section i. The Undertakers of the City are required hereafter to 
use the forms of returns prescribed by the laws of the State. 

Section 2, All the provisions of the Ordinances to which this is in 
addition excepting such as relate to returns are continued in full force 
and effect. 

Passed June 3, 1850. 
[Ci/y Coiituil Records No. J, page 81.] 

[June Zt 1850.] Resolved That Messrs Earle Davis & Potter and 
Alderman Knowles be and they are hereby appointed a Committee upon 
the North Burial Ground with full powers under and to continue and 
carry into effect the provisions of any Ordinance or Resolution existing 
in relation to said Burial Ground. 

Passed June 3d 1850, 
[City Council Records No. J, page &.] 

REPORT. 

To the HonI City Council. 

The Superintendent of the North Burying Ground respectfully 
reports that from the first monday of June 1849 ^0 ^^ ^^^^ monday of 
June 1850 he has caused to be dug in the Ground 393 Graves (45 of 
which were for reinterments from Avenues and yards) amounting to 
$605.50 of said amount $567.50 has been received 38 Dollars remain- 
ing unpaid a part of which will be lost. 

The Superintendent further reports that he has issued within the 
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of.,said amt. S9 Dollars has been received leaving 12 Dollars for Certifi- 
cates unpaid the Deeds now remaining in the Treasurer's Office 
Amt received for Certificates. 59.00 



j;626.50 
Providence June 3d., 1850. 

Respectfully submitted by 

Philip W. Martin 

Supt N. B. Ground. 
The Superintendent respectfully suggests the propriety of making 
it the duty of some one to collect the amount now due for deeds re- 
maining in the Treasurers Office for the past two years 

Read Whereupon it is resolved that the same be received and 
recorded. 

Passed June 3, 1850. 
[C/Vy Council Records No. J, page Sg.] 

[June 3, iS91.] Resolved That Messrs Earle Blodget & Lester 
and Alderman Knowles be and they are hereby appointed a Committee 
upon the North Burial Ground with full power under and to carry into 
effect the provisions of any ordinance or resolution existing in relation 
to said Burial Ground. 

Passed June 2, 1851. 
[City Coinicil Records No. J, page I^?-] 

[June 2, 1851.} Report. 
To the Hon. City Council 

The Superintendent of the North Burying Ground respectfully 
reports that from the ist Monday in June 1850 to the first Monday in 
June 1 85 1 he has caused to be dug 283 Graves (37 of which were for 
reinterments from yard and Avenues) amounting to $445.50 of said 
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The Superintendent further reports that he has issued within the 
above named period certificates for 44 Lots amounting to S44-- 

10 of which now remain in the Treasurers office uncollected 
Amount received for digging graves 396- 50 

Do " " Certificates 34.- I430.50 

Amount due for digging Graves 49.00 

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Amt due & Collected for the year. $489.50 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Philip W. Martin, 

Supt. of N. B. Ground. 
Providence June 2, 1851. 

Read Whereupon it is resolved that the same be received & recorded. 
Passed June 2, 185 1. 
[Cifj' Council Records No. j, page /Jp.] 

[July 21, 1851.] Resolved That the Surveyor of Highways be 
and he is hereby authorized to aid the Superintendent of the North 
Burial Ground in procuring manure for the use of said Burial Ground 
from the Streets and other places of deposit wherever there may be a 
Surplus not required for other public purposes. 

Passed July 21, 1*51. 
[City Council Records No. J, page /yj.] 

[Octo1>er 13, 1851.] Resolved That the subject of the recent 
encroachments on the North Burying Ground be referred to the Joint 
Committee on the North Burying Ground and that the Superintendent 
of said ground be and he is hereby directed to remove all fences and 
obstructions which said Committee decide to be recent encroachments 

Passed October 13, 1851 
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[November lO, 1831.] Resolved That the City Treasurer be and 
with the advice of the Committee on the North Burying Ground, Is 
hereby authorized to Quitclaim all the right title or interest the City 
has to any Lands on the East side of Sexton Street (so called) And 
the proceeds thereof be and is hereby appropriated to the said Ground. 

Passed Nov' lo, 1851. 
[Citj' Counci! Records No. J, page l8j.] 

[January Session, JS52.] Extracts from the Acts of the General 
Assembly and General Laws of Rhode Island. 

An Act enabling Town Councils to act as Trustees for the purpose 
of holding Burial Lots. 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section i. The town council of the several towns are hereby au- 
thorized to take and hold to them and their successors in office, all 
such land as shall be conveyed to them in trust for burial purposes and 
in like manner to receive and hold all funds that shall be conveyed to 
them for the purpose of ornamenting or keeping in repair such burial 
lots, and to execute said trusts in accordance with the terms contained 
in the instruments of conveyance. [Acts of General Assembly, /anuaty 
Session. l8S2, page p ; See Acts of April 21, 1882 and March 28, 
iSSif; also extract from General Laws Ed. 180, in effect February /.] 

[June 7, 1852.] Resolved that Messrs Blodget Mason & Holden 
and Aid" Knowles be and they are hereby appointed a Committee upon 
the North Burial Ground with full power under and to carry into effect 
the provisions of any Ordinance or Resolution existing in relation to 
said Burial Ground. 

Passed June 7 1852. 
{City Conneil Records No. J, page 2^^.] 

To the Hon'. City Council 

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North Burying Ground herewith attached the undersigned respectfully 
reports that from the first monday in June 1851 to the monday in June 
1852 he has caused to be dug 269 graves including removals and rein- 
terments from yards & Avenues amounting to 409.50 
The undersigned further reports that he has issued 
within the above period 21 Certificates amounting to 21.00 

Total Amt. received 430,50 

Providence June 7, 1852. 

Respectfully submitted by 

P. W. Martin Supt. of 
N. B. Ground. 
Read Whereupon it is resolved that the same be received & recorded. 
Passed June 7, 1852, 
[Citjf Council Records No. j, page 2^.] 

[September 27, 1852.] Resolved That the Committee on the 
North Burial Ground be and they are hereby authorized to cause a 
Gateway and Fence to be erected at the Main Entrance of said Burial 
Ground and that the sum of Eighteen hundred and fifty Dollars be and 
the same is hereby appropriated for defraying the expense of same. 
Passed Sept. zj, 1852. 
{City Cnuncil Records No. J, page' 266.] 

(May 30, 1853.1 The Committee on the North Burial Ground 
report that they have caused a Gateway & fence to be erected on said 
N. B. Ground expense $1686- leaving of the appropriation $164. unex- 
pended. 

Read Whereupon it is resolved that the Same be received. 

Passed May 30, 1853. 
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(June 6, 1853.] Resolved That Messrs Mason, Williams & Saun- 
ders and Aid n Knowles be and they are hereby appointed a Committee 
upon the North Burial Ground with full power under and to carry 
into effect the provisions of any Ordinance or Resolution existing in 
relation to said Burial Ground. 

Passed June 6, 1853. 
(OVy Council Records No. 3, page J24.] 

[ADKUBt 32, 1853.] Resolved That the sum of Five Hundred 
Dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated and to be paid out of 
any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated to be expended 
under the direction of the Committee on the North Burial Ground in 
enclosing with a suitable fence and otherwise improving the triangular 
piece of ground South of and adjoining the North Burial Ground 

Passed August 22, 1853. 
[Cily Council Rcctrds No. j, page J5^] 

[October 20, 1853.] City Clerks Office, Providence, 

Oct. 20, 1853. 
I hereby Certify that I have examined the Records in this office in 
relation to Sexton Street & I have not been able to find any evidence 
that it was laid out by the Town or that the Town Council or Board 
of Alderman of said City have ever declared the aforesaid Street a 
Public Highway, 

jflbert Pabodie 

City Clerk, 
[Case Ijj8—Whelden vs. Martin, Supreme Court, March Term, 1852.} 

[Jnne 5, 1854.] The Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground makes his Annual Report. 

Amt received $487- 

Read Whereupon it is Ordered that the same be received. 

Passed June 5, 1854. 
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[June 6, 18S4.] Standing Committee ap. 
On the North Burial Ground 

Messrs Mason J 
Saunders 
Cowell 
[Ci/j/ Coumil Records No. J, page 4JI.] 

[Augast 14, 18S4.1 An Ordinance in Amendment of An Ordi- 
nance entitled "An Ordinance in relation to the North Burial Ground" 

It is Ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows : — 

The first section of said Ordinance authorizing the City Treasurer 
to lease certain lands and buildings therein described and the second 
section of said Ordinance be and the same are hereby repealed and that 
said Land be subject to sale for burying Lots in the same manner as 
the other portions of the North Burial Ground. 

Passed August 14 1S54. 
Approved E. P. Knowles, 

Mayor. 
[CiVy Council Records No. J, page 44S.] 

[Septemb«r 1, 1854.] City Ordinances Revision of 1S54. 

An Ordinance establishing the ordinances of th? City of Providence, 
prescribing the time when they shall take effect, and the manner of 
publishing the same. 

Whereas the Committee appointed to revise the ordinances of the 
City have reported certain bills, of which those herein after mentioned 
by their titles have been carefully examined and considered by this City 
Council therefore. 

It is Ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows 

Section i. The several ordinances, the titles of which are heron- 
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and all such of them as are new ordinances and all such parts of them 
as are amendments or alterations of any previous ordinance shall go 
into operation and effect on the first day of September next ; 

An Ordinance in relation to the ordinances of the City of Provi- 
dence 

An ordinance designating the officers to be appointed by the City 
Council in addition to those specially designated and required to be 
appointed by the city charter. 

An ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead. 

An ordinance in relation to the North burial ground. 

Sec. 2. All ordinances heretofore passed by the town or the town 
council of the town of Providence or by the city council of the city of 
Providence which are repugnant to the provisions of the above named 
ordinances shall be and they are hereby declared to be repealed from 
and after the first day of September next. 
[City Ordinattces of 1854, page ijy.] 

An Ordinance designating the officers to be appointed annually 
by the City Council, in addition to those specially designated and 
required to be appointed by the City Charter. 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows : 

Section i. Pursuant to the ■laws of the State, the following officers 
shall be annually appointed by the City Council, in addition to those 
specially designated by the City charter, to wit ; a city sergeant ; • • • 

Sec. 2. The following officers, in addition to those required, as 
designated in the preceding section, shall be appointed by the City 
Council annually to wit ; • • • * ; three commissioners of the 
North burying ground ;*•*•; superintendent of the North 
burying ground. 
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An Ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead. 

It is ordained hy the City Council of the City of Providence, as 
follows : 

Section i. There shall be appointed by the city council a sufficient 
number of persons to act as undertakers, removable at the pleasure of 
the city council. 

Sec. 2. Whenever any person shall die in this city it shall be the 
duty of the physician attending in his or her last sickness, to leave, 
within forty-eight hours after the death, at the last residence of such 
deceased person, a certificate stating the disease or accident which 
caused his or her death, which certificate shall be delivered to the 
undertaker, who may conduct the funeral of such deceased. 

Sec. 3- No undertaker or other person shall bury the body of any 
person dying in this city, without first enquiring for the certificate of 
the physician as aforesaid ; and if no such certificate can be procured, 
the undertaker or person directing the funeral shall, within three days 
after such funeral, report the want of the certificate to the city clerk ; 
and the undertakers shall, with their monthly returns, deliver the phy- 
sicians' certificates to the city clerk. 

Sec. 4- Every physician omitting or neglecting to leave such cer- 
tificate as aforesaid shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for each 
offence. 

Sec. S- Eveiy undertaker shall make return to the clerk of the 
board of health, between the hours of nine o'clock A. M. and two 
o'clock P. M. of the first Wednesday of each month, of all interments 
made and funerals conducted by him during the preceding month, in 
form as follows, to wit : 



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An accurate list of all interments made by me between the first day 
of A. D. and the last day of the same month inclusive. 



§ I 



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I certify that the above return i 
my knowledge and belief. 



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Undertaker. 



Sec. 6. AH funerals shall take place between sunrise and sunset, 
unless otherwise permitted or directed by the board of health. The top 
of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least three feet below 
the usual surface thereof. 

Sec. 7- The clerk of the board of health shall prepare an abstract of 
all the returns made to him, and report the same to the board of health, 
on the Monday next succeeding the first Wednesday of each month. 
The board of health shall cause a monthly abstract of all such returns 
to be pubhshed in all the newspapers which contract to the city print- 
ing, and shall also prepare and publish in all the said newspapers, in the 
second week in January, in each year, an abstract of all the returns 
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Sec 8. Every undertaker who shall violate any of the provisions 
of the preceding sections of this ordinance shall forfeit and pay the sum 
of ten dollars for each offence. 

Sec. 9. Any person other than such an undertaker who shall man- 
age and conduct a funeral, or inter or remove from the city a dead body, 
shall first obtain permission in writing from the board of health, or in 
their recess from the clerk or one of the members of said board, to do 
the same ; and after said interment or removal is made, shall make 
return as is directed to be made by undertakers in the fifth section of 
this ordinance; and for every neglect or refusal to obtain such permis- 
sion, or to make such return, shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars. 

Sec. 10. All permissions given pursuant to the provisions of the 
ninth section of this ordinance shall be free of charge. 

Sec, 1 1. AH returns made by an undertaker or other person shall 
be recorded by the clerk of the board of heahh, in a book to be kept 
expressly for that purpose. 

Sec. 12. No undertaker or other person shall hereafter bury or 
cause to be buried the body of any deceased person, except in such 
grounds as are now known and used as burying grounds, or such as 
shall hereafter be by the city council designated as burying grounds, 
and authorized to be used as such ; and every person so offending shall 
forfeit and pay for every offence the sum of forty dollars, to and for the 
use of the city, to be sued for and recovered in an action of debt, in the 
name of the city treasurer, before any court of competent jurisdiction. 
[Citj' Ordinances of 1854, pages 204-5-6-J.\ 

An Ordinance in relation to the North Burying Ground. 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence, as 
follows : 

Section 1. The city treasurer is hereby authorized to lease the 
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chased of Samuel Whelden adjoining the Smithfield turnpike, which was 
added to the North burying ground by the ordinance of September 
thirteenth, A. D. 1847; and he is also authorized to lease with no 
building to be erected thereon, that part of said Whelden tract added to 
the North burying ground by said ordinance, on which said bouses and 
bam now stand, and now consisting of a strip of land about 240 feet in 
width, (measuring easterly from said Smithfield turnpike, on which it 
fronts westerly,) and running the whole length of the Whelden tract ; 
and to credit to the general account of the city all moneys received on 
account of said leases. 

Sec. 2. The rest of said North burying ground estate shall be 
under the care and direction of the Commissioners of the North bury- 
ing ground, and of the Superintendent of the North burying ground, 
who shall give his personal attendance, care, and services to the protec- 
tion, improvement, and proper use of the grounds, and to maintaining 
and enforcing all ordinances and regulations applicable thereto, under 
the direction of said commissioners. 

Sec, 3. The city council shall annually appoint three commissioners 
of the North burying ground, who shall be duly commissioned and 
engaged to the faithful discharge of their duties. It shall be the duty 
of said commissioners to exercise a general supervision over said burying 
ground ; to see that all ordinances, regulations, and resolutions of the city 
council in relation thereto are duly enforced ; to do all acts necessary and 
proper for the improvement and protection of the grounds, avenues, and 
fences thereof, and for that purpose they are hereby authorized to draw 
from time to time upon the treasurer, for such sums of money received 
by said treasurer from the sales of burying lots in the North burying 
ground as they shall deem proper. Said commissioners shall annually 
in the month of May, make a report to the city council of the condition 
of the North burying ground, which report shall contain an exact ac- 
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of the authority given by this ordinance, and the general purposes of 
such expenditure; and also such other information as said commis- 
sioners shall deem expedient. 

Sec. 4. No person shall take up, hold, or own any lot in said bury- 
ing ground except for the purpose of using the same, in good faith, for 
a burying lot, and not to sell the same for the purpose of speculation or 
profit, nor shall any transfer be made without leave first had and ob- 
tained in writing from said commissioners. 

Sec. 5. No person shall remove any stake, post, bound, or fence 
placed around, within, or upon said ground, under the direction or per- 
mission of said commissioners or of the superintendent ; nor mutilate, 
deface or injure the same, or any monument, tree, shrub, or other thing 
intended for protection, improvement, or ornament, placed therein, nor 
commit any trespass or injury within or upon said ground or any part 
therecrf. 

Sea 6. No person shall erect or build any vault or tomb within the 
limits of the North burying ground, nor enclose any part or portion 
thereof, without leave first had and obtained from said commissioners, 
which leave shall be first certified by said commissioners to the superin- 
tendent of said ground. 

Sec. 7. No grave shall be dug nor any body buried in or upon any 
avenue, path or passage way in the North burying ground, and any body 
so buried shall be removed by the superintendent or by said commis- 
sioners at the expense of the person or persons burying or procuring the 
same to be buried. 

Sec. 8. No grave shall be dug, nor any body buried within the 
North burying ground, excepting in and upon lots of proprietors, unless 
the place of such grave or burial be located under the direction of said 
superintendent or of said commissioners. 

Sec. 9. Any person who shall dig or commence or attempt to dig, 
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superintendent, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for each 
offence, one-half thereof to and for the use of the superintendent of the 
North burying ground, and one-half to and for the use of the city. 

Sec, lo. It shall be the duty of the superintendent to keep a 
record, in a book to be appropriated to that special purpose, of all 
burials which are made in the North burying ground, stating the name, 
residence occupation, age, the date, and, as near may be, the place of 
interment, of each person buried, with any other circumstances which 
said commissioners shall direct. 

Sec. ir. It shall be the duty of the superintendent to cause to be 
dug by his authorized agents all the graves dug within the North bury- 
ing ground, including those dug in and upon proprietors' lots excepting 
those dug for the burial of the poor from the Dexter Asylum, which 
shall be dug as heretofore, at the expense and by the agents of the 
Asylum, in that part of the ground appropriated for that purpose. 

Sec, 12, The superintendent, under the direction of said commis- 
sioners, shall keep the fences around the burying ground in proper 
repair, and the gates thereof locked ; he shall report to the city marshall 
every violation of this ordinance, as soon as may be, that the same may 
be prosecuted ; and he shall act in conformity with the directions of 
said commissioners, in all cases not otherwise specially provided for. 

Sec. 13. The superintendent shall receive as compensation for the 
performance of his duties, the fees for digging all graves dug in the 
North burying ground receiving the sum usually charged for such service 
he shall also receive the sum of one dollar each for assisting in select- 
ing and for marking out and granting a certificate for a deed of a lot in 
the burying ground — these fees to be paid by the parties for whom the 
service is rendered, and shall also be authorized to require and receive 
twenty five cents for every other certificate which he may give in his 
official capacity. 

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exact account of the money received by him for digging graves, and for 
certificates of lots, to be reported by him to the city council annually 
previous to a new election and whenever directed. 

Sec. 15. All moneys received by the city treasurer for the sales of 
burying lots in the North burying ground are hereby appropriated to 
the improvement and protection of the grounds, avenues, and fences 
thereof; and he is hereby directed to pay out, from time to time, the 
proceeds of such sales, upon the order of said commissioners or upon 
the order of the superintendent, certified by said commissioners. 

Sec. 16. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this 
ordinance, except those contained in the ninth section thereof, shall 
forfeit and pay a sum not less than ten dollars nor more than one 
hundred dollars. 
[City Ordinances of 1854, pages 208-g-I0-I I.] 

{September 15, 1854.] Thomas Harkness to City of Providence. — 
$6oa — Warranty, A certain lot of Land situated in the Northerly part 
of the City of Prov. & is bounded & described as follows Beginning One 
hundred eighty four feet North of the Southwesterly comer of the 
fence that encloses the dwelling house & garden belonging to said City 
from thence Northerly bounding Westerly on the Smithfield Turnpike 
Road Sixty feet to the said Citys Land & holding the width of Sixty 
feet extending back Easterly One Hundred eight feet to said Citys 
Land, which bounds it on the Northerly, Easterly & Southerly sides & 
is the same Lot of Land conveyed by James Gartside to the present 
grantor by deed dated May 24, A. D, 1854 & recorded in Book 136 
psge 457 of the Records of Deeds in the City of Providence. 
[Deed Book No. 138, page J25.] 

[September 18. 1854.] City of Providence to Monthly Meeting 
of Friends — $1830.98 — Conveyance. A lot of land in the Ancient 
Public Burying Ground, called the North Burying Ground in the City 



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of Prov. which Lot is not numbered in a Plat of said Burying Groimd 
Lots in the Book of Records of Deeds of North Burying Ground Lots" 
in the Office of the City Clerk in said Providence Said Lot contain- 
ing forty five thousand seven hundred seventy four & one half square 
feet, situated in the Westerly part of said North Burying Ground near 
the Smithfield Turnpike Road in the City of Providence bounded South* 
erly by Ivy Avenue, Easterly by Lawn Avenue, North by Vine Avenue 
& Westerly by Friends Avenue. [Deed Book No. IJJ, page J14.] 

[September 18, 1854.] In Convention SepL 18, 1854. 
Edward P. Knowles. 
Zachariah Allen. 
William S. Patten. 
[Citj' Council Records No. J, page 4S2.'\ 

[February 12, 18sa.] Resolved That the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground be and they are hereby authorized to sell and 
convey to Joseph Whelden the strip of land which has recently been 
the subject of dispute in the case Joseph Whelden vs Philip W. Martin 
and that in case said Commissioners and said Whelden are unable to 
agree upon the amount of purchase money therefore said Commissioners 
are hereby authorized to unite with said Whelden in submitting said 
question to arbitration 

Passed Feby 12, 1855. 
Approved 

E. P. Knowles Mayor. 
[City Comicil Records No. j, page 4//-] 

[June 4, 1855.] The Report of the Committee of the Superin- 
tendent of the North Burial Ground for the year ending this day 
Total amt fees I640.75 

Read Whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
Approved James Y, Smith 

Mayor Passed June 4, 1855. 

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[June 4, 1855.1 The Report of the Commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground 

Balance of account for Expenditures $41 1.79 

Read Whereupon it is ordered that the same be received. 

Passed June 4, 1855. 
Approved James Y. Smith 

Mayor. 
[OVf Council Records No. j, page S04-] 

[l>ecetnber 21, 1855.1 An Ordinance in relation to Undertakers 
and to the Interment of the dead. 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows : — 

Section i. There shall be appointed by the City Council a suffi- 
cient number of persons to act as undertakers removable at the pleasure 
of the city council 

Sect, 2. Whenever any person shall die in this city it shall be the 
duty of the physician attending in his or her last sickness to furnish 
within forty eight hours after the death, to the undertaker attending the 
funeral, or to the city registrar, a certificate, giving the name of the 
person, the date of death, and the disease or cause of his or her death. 

Sec. 3. Every physician omitting or refusing to furnish such certifi- 
cate as aforesaid shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for each 
offence. 

Sec, 4. No undertaker or any person shall bury the body of any 
person dying in this City or remove the body of any person so dying 
from the city or deposit the body of any person so dying in a tomb 
without first obtaining the certificate of the physician as aforesaid or a 
permit from the City Registrar In case any person shall die without 
the attendance of a physician or if the physician shall refuse to give a 
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person to report the facts to the City Registrar, before attending the 
funeral of such person, when he shall be entitled to receive a permit for 
the burial of such person. 

Sect. 5. Every undertaker or other person in said city who shall 
conduct any funeral or bury the body of any dead person or remove 
such body from the city, or deposit the same in a tomb shall make a 
return to the City Registrar between the hours of eleven o'clk A. M. 
and one o'clock P. M. on Monday of each and every week of all inter- 
ments made and funerals conducted by him of persons who shall have 
died during the week ending at noon of the Saturday next preceding — 
These returns shall truly give the following facts concerning each per- 
son so dying: viz: i. The date of death. 2. The name 3. The age 
4. The street and number where the person died if in the city and the 
name of the town if out of the city. 5. The ward if in the City. 
6. The sex. 7. The color. 8. The condition. 9. The occupation, 
lo. The place of birth, ri. The fathers name. 12. The mothers 
name. 13. The parentage 14. The place where the body is to be 
buried, and also the physicians certificate for each person except those 
otherwise provided for in the preceding section. 

Sect. 6. In case of the prevalence of any epidemic disease or when 
it shall seem necessary for the interests of the public health, the B«ard 
of Health shall have power to require more frequent return of deaths 
and also such additional information, as they may think proper. 

Sect. 7. All funerals shall take place between sunrise and sunset, 
unless otherwise permitted_ or directed by the board of health. The top 
of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least three feet below 
the usual surface thereof. 

Sect. 8. Kvery undertaker who shall omit or refuse to furnish any 
certificate or return as aforesaid or who shall violate any provision of 
the 4tb, 5th, 6th or 7th sections of this ordinance shall forfeit and pay 
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Sect, 9, The city registrar shall cause an abstract of the returns 
of death made to him to be published in all the newspapers which con- 
tract to do the city printing, monthly, and oftener if required by the 
board of health. He shall also during the months of January or Feb- 
ruary annually, prepare and present to the city council a statement of 
the number of births, of marriages solemnized and of deaths which 
occurred in the city during the year ending with the thirty-first day of 
December next preceding, with such other information and suggestions 
in relation thereto as he may deem useful for the promotion of the 
public health, and other interests of the city. 

Sect, 10. The board of health is hereby authorized to employ a 
person or persons semi-annually in the months of July and January to 
collect the facts required by the laws of the state concerning all births 
which may have occurred in the city during the six months preceding 
the first day of the months above named, provided that the expense 
thereof shall not exceed the sum of two hundred dollars annually. 

Sect. II. Any person other than an Undertaker who shall manage 
and conduct a funeral, or inter or remove from the city a dead body or 
deposit such dead body, in a tomb shall first obtain permission from the 
board of health or from the City Registrar, and shall be subject to all 
the requirements contained in this ordinance in relation to undertakers, 
and for every neglect or refusal to obtain such permission or to comply 
with such requirements shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten dollars. 

Sect. 12, No undertaker or other person shall bury or cause to be 
buried the body of any deceased person in this city, except in such 
grounds as are now known and used as burying grounds or such as 
shall hereafter be by the city council designated as burying grounds 
and authorized to be used as such and every person violating this sec- 
tion of this ordinance shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty dollars 
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Sect. 13. The ordinance entitled "An Ordinance in relation to the 
interment of the dead is hereby repealed. 

Sect. 14. This ordinance shall take effect on and after the first 
day of January A. D. 1856. 

Passed December 2!st 1855. 
Approved 

J. Y. Smith Mayor. 
[OrdituiMce Book No. 2, page gj. City Clerk's Office, Providence. ^ 

[June 16, 18ff6.] The Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground in conformity with law make this their Second Annual Report 
Read Whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 16, 1856. 
Approved J. Y. Smith Mayor. 
\Cit)' Council Records No. 4, page 88.\ 

[September 8, 1856.] The Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground makes his Annual Report which is Read whereupon it is 
Ordered that the same be received and referred to the standing Com- 
mittee on the North Burial Ground 

Passed Sept. 8 1856. 
Approved 

J, Y. Smith Mayor. 
\City Council Records No. 4, page TOO.] ' 

[September 22, 1850.] Ordered That the Report of the Super- 
intendent of the North Burial Ground this day (8th Sept) made to the 
City Council be referred to the Standing Committee on the North 
Burial Ground 

Passed Sept. 22, 1856. 
Approved J. Y. Smith Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. ,f, page /05.] 



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tNovember 10, 1850.] An Ordinance in amendment of "An 
Ordinance in relation to the North Burying Ground " 

(See Ordinance Book No 2 Page 105) 

Passed Nov 10, 1856. 
Approved J. Y. Smith 

Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. ^ page lio.] 

[Sovemher 10, 18S6.] An Ordinance in amendment of "An 
Ordinance in relation to the North Burying Ground" 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows 

Section i. . The first section of the ordinance of which this ordi- 
nance is in amendment is and the same is hereby repealed and the 
property therein described and authorized to be leased by the city 
treasurer be and the same is hereby transferred and appropriated to the 
North Burying Ground for the use thereof under the care and direction 
of the commissioners and of the Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground as part thereof 

Passed Nov. ro, 1856. 
Approved J. Y. Smith Mayor. 
[Onfifuince Book No. 2, page I0£, City Clerk's Office, Providence.] 

[June I, 1857.] The Superintendent of the "North Burial Ground 
makes Report which is read 

Whereupon it is ordered that the same be received. 

Passed June 1, 1857. 
Approved J Y. Smith Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 4, page 75/.] 



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[June 15, 1867.1 The Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground in Conformity with Law make this their Third annual report 

Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 15, 1857. 
Approved J. Y, Smith Mayor. 
[Cifj' C^u/kU Records No. 4, page /5<S.] 

[June 29, 1867.] To the Honorable 

The City Council of the City of Providence 

The Commissioners on the North Burying Ground Respectfully 
Represent 

That for some years past the City Authorities have taken gravel for 
the use of the Highways from the North Burying Ground near the 
South Westerly line on the Smithfield Turnpike until they have made a 
pit too deep to be longer worked which has been abandoned leaving a 
deep rough and unsightly excavation in plain view of two public roads 

As the Surveyor of highways is at work near the place & having 
a large quantity of earth which can be conveniently used to fill up that 
excavation the Commissioners respectfully request the City Council to 
instruct the Surveyor of Highways or other proper authority to cause 
the excavation to be filled up during the present Summer, 
Wm S. Patten, 

for the Commissioners. 
Providence June 29, 1857. 

Read whereupon it is resolved that the same be received and re- 
ferred to the Standing Committee on Highways with authority to cause 
the pit to be immediately filled up if they deem it expedient and with 
instructions to report at the next meeting of the City Council 

Passed June 29, 1857. 
Approved 

Wm M. Rodman Mayor. 
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[July 1, 1857— in effect.] Chapter 73. Of Nuisances. 
Sec. 8. Town councils of the several towns shall have power to pro- 
hibit burials in the compact or thickly populated parts of any town, and 
to make such by-laws and ordinances relating to the same, and the use 
of grounds for burials in such localities as they may think necessary for 
preserving the health of such neighborhood, and to enforce such ordi- 
nances in the manner provided in the first and second sections of this 
chapter. [Genera/ Laws of Rhode Island. Ed. l8S7t Chapter /j. 
Ed. 1882, Chapter jg. See act of May 2, 1884, and extract from Gen- 
eral Laws in effect February I, l8^.] 

[September 14, 1857.] Resolved That the City Treasurer be and 
he is hereby directed to make a Deed of the following described Lot in 
the North Burying Ground to "The Home for Age Women" viz Lot 
situated on the East side of Pine Avenue bounded 65 feet on Willow 
Avenue then running southerly 103 feet to an Avenue leading from 
Ridge to Pine Avenue on which it measures 46 feet bounded oH the 
east by a two foot path dividing the said Lot from a row of Lots front- 
ing on Ridge Avenue Containing 4665 feet 

Passed Sept 14, 1857. 
Approved 

W. M. Rodman 
Mayor, 
[City CoHttcil Records A'#. 4, page f^p.] 

[April 26, 1858.] The Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground make their Fourth Annual Report Read Whereupon it is 
resolved that the same be received 

Passed April 26, 1858. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight President pro tern Board of Alderman 
\_City Council Records No. 4, page £fg.] 



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[June 7, 1868.1 The Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground makes his annual Report 

Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 7, 1858. 
Approved W. M. Rodman 

Mayor. 
[Ciij' Cotincil Records No. 4, page 22^.] 

[June 6, 18119.] The Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground makes his Annual Report 

Amt received ' 18602.50 

Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 6, 1859. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[City CoHtuil Records No. 4, page 28^.^ 

[Jane 6, 1859.] The Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground make their Annual Report. 

Receipts for year ending Apl 30/59 IS0777 

Expenditures Do Do 1412.18 

Balance to new ac. i895-59 

Lots sold ^1217,73 

Rents 290.04 [507.77 

Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received. 

Passed June 6, 1859. 
Approved Jabez C. Knight 

Mayor, 
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[June 11, 1S60.] To the Hon the City Council o( the City of 
Providence 

The Superintendent of the North Burying Ground in conformity 
with Law makes his annual Report for the year ending June i i860 
Rec'd for Interments I603.50 

" " Certificates 103.00 



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Nathan SmaJley Supt. 
Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 11, i860. 
Approved 

jabez C. Knight 
Mayor. 
[Citj/ Council Records No. 4, page .?5J.] 

[Marcb 8, 1861.] Chapter 367. 

An Act in Relation to the North Burial Ground in the City of 
Providence. 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section 1. Any person may by deed or will give bequeath or devise 
to the commissioners for the time being of the North Burial Ground, in 
the city of Providence, and their successors in office, any property or 
estate real or personal, to be applied to the improvement of any burial 
lot, or the construction of a monument or other structure for a memorial 
to the dead in said ground, or for the purpose of constituting a fund to 
be held in. perpetual trust ; so that the income thereof may be applied 
continually for the preservation and care of any such burial lot or monu- 
mental structures therein, as in and by such deed or will may be directed 
or declared to be the object of the creation of such trust. 

Sect, 2. In every case of such gift, bequest or devise, the property 
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or upon probate of the will containing the same, and the acceptance 
thereof by the city council of the city of Providence hereinafter pro- 
vided for, vest in the commissioners for the time being of said North 
Burial Ground, and shall pass from time to time to their successors in 
oiBce, as the same are appointed and qualified ; and shall not be subject 
to the general laws of descent or distribution : provided, that nothing in 
this act contained shall be construed to exempt any such estate or prop- 
erty so bequeathed or devised from being taken and applied for the pay- 
ment of the debts of the person so settling the same, in case the other 
estate or property held by any such testator at the time of his decease 
shall be insufficient therefor, in -the same manner as if this act had not 
been passed ; and provided, also, that no such deed or gift, devise or 
bequest, shall take effect until accepted by a vote of the city council of 
said city of Providence. 

Sect. 3, If the value of any such gift, devise or bequest, or the 
annual income thereof, shall exceed the cost of the expenditures by said 
commissioners in the faithful execution of the conditions and directions 
for the use and appropriation thereof, the surplus, if any, shall be applied 
by said commissioners to the general improvement and preservation of 
the fences, avenues, trees and shrubbery of said North Burial Ground, 

Sect. 4. Said commissioners shall keep regular accounts of the 
capital, income and annual disbursements of each of said trust estates 
and property, and shall attend to the secure investment of the same, 
with power to sell and reinvest from time to time, in their discretion ; 
and once in each and every year shall make a detailed statement of said 
accounts to the municipal court of said city, showing the amounts ex- 
pended and the balances remaining on hand of the several trust funds. 
And on rendering such accounts annually, the said court shall charge 
the usual fees on the accounts as in other cases ; but no emolument 
shall be paid to said commissioners for performing the duties contem- 
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Sect. 5. This act shall be subject to all future acts of the general 
assembly in amendment .or repeal thereof. [Acfs of Gemral Assembly, 
January Session^ 186/, page 1^0. Amendments passed February 6, l86j, 
Marck tt, l86s, April 25, l88g and May 2$, i8pS-] 

[April 8, 1861.] Upon the petition of Joseph Veazie of Provi- 
dence praying acceptMice by the City Council of a certain deed 

Voted that the Deed of gift executed by Joseph Veazie bearing date 
Apr 8 1 86 1 conveying to the Commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground and their successors in office ten shares of the Capital Stock of 
the Boston and Providence Railroad Corporation to be held in perpetual 
trust under the provisions of the "Act in relation to the North Burial 
Ground in the City of Providence " passed by the General Assembly at 
its January session A, D, 1861 be and hereby is accepted by this council. 

Passed April 8, 1861. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight, 
Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 4, pages ^OO-f.] 

[Jnne 3, 1861.] To the Hon, the City Council of the City of 
Providence 

The Superintendent of the North Burial Ground in conformity with 
law makes this his Annual Report 

Received for digging graves 485.50 

" " Certificates of Lots 32.00 

517-50 
Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 3, 1861 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight, 
Mayor. 
[City Council Records No, 4, page 'p^.] 



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[(Tnne 14, 1861.] The Coniinissioners of the North Burial 
Ground make their annual report. 

Read, whereupon it is ordered that the same be received. 

Passed June 14, 1861. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight, Mayor. 
[OV/ Council Records No. ^ page ^7.] 

[January Sesaton, 1862.1 Chapter 399 

An Act in addition to chapter 1 5 r of the Revised Statutes — "Of 
the Jurisdiction of Court of Probate and of License to sell Real Estate." 

Section 3. Courts of Probate may authorize and empower guar- 
dians appointed or approved by them to exchange any lot of their wards 
in any burial ground or cemetery within this state or any right or 
interest of their wards in any such lot, burial ground or cemetery for 
any other lot, right or interest in the same, in any other burial ground 
or cemetery, upon such terms and conditions as said courts may pre- 
scribe ; provided that in all such exchanges the title of the lot, right 
or interest taken in exchange shall be taken in the name or names of 
the ward or wards whose lot right or interest is given in exchange. 
[Acts of Central Assembly, January Session, l862, page ig8. Ed. 1882, 
chapter Ijg. See extract from Central Laws, in effect February I, 
i8g6.] 

[March lO, 1862.] Resolved That the " Webb Monument Asso- 
ciation " be and they are hereby authorized to locate and erect their 
monument in the North Burial Ground up on the oval lot in the centre 
of group No 10 as delineated upon the Map of the North Burial Ground 
now in the office of the City Clerk ; provided that said lot be surrounded 
by a path not less than dght feet in width and that the work be ap- 
proved by the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground. Resolved 
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Webb Monument Association up the completion of said Monument a 
deed of said lot without charge. 

Passed March 10, 1862. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight 
Resdnded October 13, 1862. 
[Ciijy Couacil Rectrds No. 4, page ^/.] 

[March 12, 1862.1 To the Hon City Council of the City of 
Providence. 

The Commissioners of the North Burying Ground Rqjort For the 
year ending 30 1862 

The grading of Avenues and groups has cost t^^A^ 

Trees shrubs and other necessary improvements 105.83 

Repairs of Fences and house 1 1.07 







$1102.32 


The Superintendent has collected for Rents of 




Cox & Nichols estates 


$140.00 




Rent of Tomb 


56.72 




Poundage 


9.25 




A. Potter 


3.60 


«209.s; 



$892.75 

For which sum orders have been drawn from time to time upon the 
City Treasurer The money has been expended as will Appear by the 
accounts on file for the improvement and protection of the grounds 
avenues and fences 

During the same period the City Treasurer has received 

for lots sold $1243.81 



leaving an unexpended balance f 35 1.06 

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The attention of the Committee having been called to certain en- 
croachments on Sexton Street they found upon examination that it was 
a matter not within their Jurisdiction which fact was communicated in 
writing to the Mayor. 
Providence May lO, 1862 

Z. Allen "I Commissioners 

Henry L. Bowen - of the North 
Jos. F. Gilmore J Burying Ground. 
Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed May 12, 1862. 
Approved Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[Ci/j' Council Records No. 4, pages ^g-yo^ 

{June 2, 1862.] The Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground in conformity with law makes this his annual Report 
Amount received for interment from June 1/61 to June 1/62 $51 1.00 
Amount received for sale of lots » 

Superintendents fees ( 31.00 



S 542.00 



Providence June 2 1862, 
Nathan Smalley Sup't 
Read ; whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June 2, 1862. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
\City Council J^cords No. 4^ page ^5.] 

[October 13, 1862.] Upon the Petition of the Webb Monument 
Association it is 

Resolved that the City Treasurer be and he is hereby directed to 
convey by deed to the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and 
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said office the circular lot in the North Burial Ground whereon the 
monument of Thomas Smith Webb now stands. 
Resolved 
That the Resolutions heretofore passed by the City Council direct- 
ing a deed of said lot to be made to the " Webb Monument Associa- 
tion-" be and the same is hereby rescinded. 

Passed October 13, 1862. 
Approved 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 4, page 5ig.'\ 

[December 2, 1862.] Resolved That the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on City Property be directed to inquire into the subject of a 
dispute between the City and Joseph Whelden in regard to the line of 
land on Sexton street and report the facts to the City Council 

Passed Dec 2/1862 
Approved Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
\City Council Records No. ^ page 5^6.] 

[December 11, 1862.] The Committee on City Property who 
were directed by the City Council Dec. 26 to inquire into the subject 
of a dispute between the City and Joseph Whelden in regard to the line 
of land on Sexton Street Report That the land in question was in litiga- 
tion for some years it being understood by Mr Burgess then Mayor of 
the City and others that upon a decision of the question involved the 
title to other land in the neighborhood depended a verdict was obtained 
against Mr Whelden Where upon he claimed a new trial under the 
statute, but before the case was reached, the counsel for the City were 
informed that the case had been adjusted and nothing has been done 
about it since The Committee learn that the case was contested at 
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Opinion that the matter should be referred to the City Solicitor for him 
to report such action as he shall deem proper. 
Providence December 8, 1862 

Philip Case for the Committee 
Resolved 

That the subject of dispute in regard to the line of land between 
the City and Joseph Whelden be referred to the City Solicitor to report 
such action as he may deem proper 

Passed December 8, 1863 
Approved Dec. ri, 1862 
Jabez C. Knight 
Mayor, 
[City CouTKtl Records No. 4, page SJO.^ 

[Jannarr 18, 186S.1 Resolved : — That the Committee on the 
North Burial Ground be instructed to inquire why the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground have not for the last two years made "a 
detailed statement of their accounts to the Municipal Court of this City, 
showing the amounts expended and the balances remaining on hand of 
the several trust funds " as required by the Act of the General Assembly 
passed at its January session A. D. 1861. 

Passed January 12, 1863. 
Approved January 13 1863. 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
\Cily Council Records No. 5, page /.] 

[FebniaiT 6. 1««S.] Chapter 466. 

An Act in Amendment of Chapter 367 " Of an Act in Relation to 
the North BuriaJ Ground in the city of Providence " Passed January 
Session A. D. 1861, 

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Section i. Section 4 of said act is hereby amended by inserting 
after the words "their discretion " in the fifth line of said Section, the 
words "with the approval of the board of aldermen of said city of 
Providence " 

Section 2. So much of said act to which this is in amendment, as 
is inconsistent herewith, is hereby repealed. [Acts of General Assembly, 
January Session, l86j, page 20S. Original act passed March 8, 1861 — 
Amended March 16, l86s, April 2$, l88g and May 25, l8gS-'\ 

[February 11, 1863.] Report of Committee on North Burying 
Ground. 

The Standing Committee on the North Burial Ground respectfully 
Report 

That in pursuance of a Resolution passed at the last meeting of the 
City Council, they have examined into the Conditions of the trust funds 
connected with the North Burial Ground and have received a report 
thereon from the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground, which is 
herewith submitted 

Report of the Commissioners. 

" To the Hon. City Council 

At the last meeting of the City Council the following Resolution 
was passed (See City Council Records No 5, page i.) 

To this Resolution the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground 
would respectfully reply : that " for the last two years they have not 
made a detailed statement of their accounts to the Municipal Court " 
for the reason that no accounts of any description had accrued prior to 
April 2 1 St 1862. Their charge as Trustees did not commence untill 
that day. The Annual Report therefore is not due before April 21, 
1863, A report however has been made, which report is on file in the 
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The Commissioners are not ignorant of the time prescribed for them 
to present an annual statement of receipts and disbursements. The 
services enjoined upon them which are gratuitous, they have intended 
to discharge with commendable dilligence. 

It is not nine months since they received the first income from any 
trust fund : and they feel that they ought not to be arraigned for a 
dereliction of duty embracing a period of two years. A charge unjust 
and ungenerous the City Council have recorded against the Commis- 
sioners without a solitary fact to sustain it. If it is to remain as a per- 
manent record, self respect will prompt us no longer to retain our trust. 
January 20, 1863 Joseph F. Gilmore ~ 

Zachariah Allen . Trustees 
Henry L. Bowen 
Read : whereupon is is ordered that the same be received 

Passed February 9, 1863 
Approved February 11, 1863 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[Cilj' CojokU Records No. 5, pages 8 ^ p.] 

[Febrnarr 11. 1863.1 Resolved: — 

That the City Council are fully satisfied that the management of the 
several trust funds connected with the North Burying Ground, is in good 
hands ; and that the City is indebted to the Commissioners for the inter- 
est they have taken and the labor they have performed without pay for 
improving and beautifying the grounds. 

Passed February g, 1863. 
Approved February 11, 1863 



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[Pebniaty 1 1, 1863.] Resolved : — 

That the deed of gift executed by Phebe Whipple, bearing date April 
Sth, 1863 conveying to the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground 
and their successors in office, the sum of one hundred dollars in per- 
petual trust, the income thereof to be applied for the preservation and 
care of the burial lot belonging to her family, under the provisions of 
the Act in relation to the North Burial Ground in the City of Provi- 
dence i>assed by the General Assembly at its January session A. D. 
1861, be and is hereby accepted by the City Council. 

Resolved : — 

That the Deed of gift executed by Zachariah Allen bearing date May 
13, 1861 conveying to the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground 
and their successors in said office, the sum of forty three 66/100 Dollars, 
being a residuary balance in his hands of a fund originally subscribed by 
himself and others, the income of which is to be applied continually for 
the preservation and care of said burial ground generally, to be held in 
perpetual trust under the provisions of the Act in relation to the North 
Burial Ground in the City of Providence, passed by the General Assem- 
bly at its January Session, A. D. 1861 : be and is hereby accepted by 
the City Council, 

Passed February 9 1863 
Approved February 11, 1863 

Jabez C, Knight Mayor. 
[Ct/_y Council Records No. J, page 12.] 



[April 15, 1863.] Resolved :— 

That the City Treasurer be requested to give Namon Miller & 
Jeremiah H. Miller a deed of lot No 156 in group No zo in North 



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Burial Ground as per certificate given Oct. 29, 1862 by Nathan Smalley 
Superintentlent of said ground for the sum of forty one 25/100 Dollars 
paid to the late City Treasurer, and no account of said money appearing 
on his books ; upon the affidavit of said Nathan Smalley that he paid 
said money over to the late City Treasurer. 

Passed April 13, 1863. 
Approved April 15, 1863. 
Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[Ci/j' Conttcil Records No. 5, page 25.] 

[May 12, 1S63.] Annual Report of the Commissioners of the 

North Burial Ground :— 

To the Hon. City Council of the City of Providence 

The Commissioners of the North Burying Ground Respectfully 

Report For the year ending April 30 1863 they have expended eighteen 

hundred and 21/too Dollars. 



On Avenues 




«666.r2 




Grading Groups 




414.24 




Cistern and Cottage 




139.00 




On Cox estate 




557-28 




" Superintendants house 




5-57 




" Bridge and clearing Snow 


Credit. 


II. SO 


1 1 800.2 1 








Orders on City Treasurer 




*iSi703 




Rent of Tomb 




65-99 




Poundage 




7.25 




Trees 




14-11 




Rents of Nichols and Cox estates 


50.01 


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The sum of ^557.28 expended on cistern and cottage is a permanent 
improvement. The City Treasurer has received for sale of lots 
^1044.62 : other receipts as above stated S137.76 
Henry L, Bowen 



Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received. 

Passed May 1 1, 1863, 
Approved May 12, 1863, 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor, 
[Ctijy Council Records No. S.pag'fJ^.] 

[Jane 2, 1863.) Annual Report of the Superintendant of the 
North Burial Ground. 

To the Hon. the City Council of the City of Providence. 

The Superintendant of the North Burying Ground in conformity 
with law makes his annual report. 

Received for interments from June i, 1862 to June i, 1863 ;E5i8.8o 
Received for fees on sales of lots 42.00 

560.80 
Providence June i, 1863. 

N. Smalley Superinteiident 
Read : whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 

Passed June i, 1863 
Approved June 2, 1863, 

jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[Ci/^ Council Records No. 5, pttg^ 5^-\ 

[Janiuury 12, 1864.] Resolved 

That the gift of Rel>ecca M. Gladding to the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground, of the sum of one hundred dollars, in trust : the 
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the Revised Statutes, to the preservation and care of the lot in said 
ground conveyed to George F. Gladding : — be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the City Council. 

Passed January ir, 1864. 
Approved January 12, 1864. 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 5, page I18.] 

[February 9, 1864.] Resolved : That the gift of John Barstow to 
the Commissioners of the North Burying Ground of the sum of one 
hundred dollars in trust the income thereof to be applied under the 
provisions of Chapter 367. of the Revised Statutes, to the preservation 
& care of the lot in said ground conveyed to said Barstow and others, 
be and the same is hereby accepted by the City Council. 

Passed February 8, 1864, 
Approved February 9, 1864. 

Jabez C. Knight Mayor. 
[Cily Council Records No. 5, page 128.^ 

[May 11, 1864.] Annual Report of the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground,— 

The Commissioners of the North Burying Ground Respectfully 
Report : — The grounds avenues and fences to be in good condition. 
For the improvement and protection of the same during the last year 
they have expended the sum of two thousand ninety four dollars and 
63/100 For an exact account thereof they refer to the accounts on 
file 

Providence May 26, 1864. Zachariah Allen 1 ^ 

[ Commissioners 
Henry L. Bowen 1 
To the Hon, City Council 

Read : — whereuf>on is ordered that the same be received 
Passed May 9, 1864. 

Approved May ri, 1864. 
Jabez C Knight Mayor. 
\_Ciiy Council Records No. 5, page I4J.] 



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(June 6, 1804.] Annual Report of the Superintendent of the 

North Burying Ground. 

To the Hon. the City Council of the City of Providence 

The Superintendent of the North Burying Ground in conformity 

with law makes this his annual Report from June i, 1863 to June i, 

1864. 

Amount received for interments $632.00 

Amount received for sale of lots 69.00 



S701.00 
N. Smalley Superintendent 
Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
Passed June 6, 1864. Approved Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 

[Cilj/ Council Records No. 5, pages /J^-J-] 

[June «, 1864.1 Resolved : — 

That the Joint Committee who were appointed to cause the Mayors 
Address to be printed be and they are hereby directed to cause to be 
printed 

The annual report of the Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground made May 9 '64. 

The Annual Report of the Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground and • * • • 
[City Coutteil Records No. £, page 756.] 

(July 11,1864.] Resolved:— 

That the gift of Ferdinand F. Balkcom of North Providence, to the 
Commissioners of the North Burying Ground, of the sum of one hun- 
dred dollars in trust the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
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care of the lot conveyed to him by deed dated October 4, i86i be and 
the same is hereby accepted by the City Council. 
Passed July 11, 1864. 

Approved Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[t/Vj" Couitcil Records No. 5, pages //^-d.] 

[August 8, 1864.J An Ordinance in relation to the registration 
of deaths and the Interment of the dead. 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows. 

Section i. There shall be appointed by the city council a sufficient 
number of persons to act as undertakers, removable at the pleasure of 
the city council. 

Sect. 2, Whenever any person shall die in the city it shall be the 
duty of the physician attending in his or her last sickness upon applica- 
tion to furnish to the undertaker attending the funeral, or to the city 
registrar, a certificate, giving the name of the person, date of death, and 
the disease or cause of his or her death. 

Sect. 3. Every physician omitting or refusing to furnish such certifi- 
cate as aforesaid shall forfdt and pay the sum of five dollars for each 
offence. 

Sect. 4. No person shall bury, or place in a tomb or remove from 
the city, or otherwise dispose of the body o( any human being who shall 
die in the city, without first reporting the death to the city registrar, 
and obtaining a permit from him under a penalty of not less than five 
nor more than twenty dollars for each and every offense. 

Sect. 5. No permit shall be given, as provided in section four until 
the city registrar is furnished with the information in relation to the 
deceased person, required by the laws of the state, for record, so far as 
the same can be ascertained, together with the physician's certificate of 
the cause of death, whenever a physician has been in attendance or a 
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Whenever a permit for burial is applied for, in a case of death 
without the attendance of a physician, or if it is impossible to obtain the 
physician's certificate it shall be the duty of the city registrar to inves- 
tigate the case so far as may be necessary, and when he has obtained 
satisfactory evidence in relation to the cause and circumstances of the 
death, he shall sign the certificate and give the required permit If not 
satisfied in relation to the cause and circumstances of the death, or if, in 
his opinion, the public good requires it, he shall report the case to a 
coroner for investigation. 

Sect. 6. Whenever the body of a human being who has died out of 
the city shall be brought here for burial it shall be the duty of the 
undertaker or other person attending the funeral to furnish the report 
required in sections four (4) and five (5) with the exception of the 
physician's certificate and in case of neglect or failure so to do such 
person shall forfeit and pay not less than five dollars nor more than 
twenty dollars for each and every offense. 

Sect. 7. All funerals shall take place between sunrise and sunset, 
unless otherwise permitted or directed by the board of health. The 
top of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least three feet 
below the usual surface thereof. 

Sect, 8. The city registrar shall cause an abstract of the returns 
of death made to him to be published in all the newspapers which con- 
tract to do the city printing, monthly, and oltener if required by the 
board of health. He shall also, on or before the first day of April, 
annually, prepare and present to the city council a statement of the 
number of births, of marriages solemnized, and of deaths which occurred 
in the city during the year ending with the thirty-first day of December 
next preceding, with such other information and suggestions in relation 
thereto as he may deem useful for the promotion of the public health, 
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Sect. g. No undertaker or other person shall bury or cause to be 
buried the body of any deceased person in this city except in such 
grounds as are now known and used as burying grounds or such as shall 
hereafter be by the city council designated as burying grounds, and 
authorized to be used as such and every person violating this section of 
this ordinance shall forfeit and pay the sum of not less than five dollars 
nor more than twenty dollars for each offence. 

Sect. lo. The ordinance passed in December 1855 entitled "An 
Ordinance in relation to undertakers and the interment of the dead " 
and all other ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith 
are hereby repealed. 

Passed August 8, 1864. 
Approved Thomas A, Doyle. 
Mayor. 
[Oydinancc Book No. 2, page 1 81, City Clerk's Office, Providence. ^ 

[November 15, 1864.] Resolved : 

That the gift of Stephen Randall of North Providence, to the Com- 
missioners of the North Burying Ground, of the sum of one hundred 
dollars, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of Chapter 367 of the Revised Statutes to the preservation and care of 
the lot of said Randall in the North Burying Ground : be and the same 
is hereby accepted by the City Council. 
Passed November 14 1864. 

Approved November 15, 1864. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
\City Council Records No. 5, page 22J.] 

[March 16, 186S.] Chapter 572 

An Act in Amendment of Chapter 367 " of an act in Relation to 
the North Burial Ground of the City of Providence" passed January 
Session A. D. 1861. 



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It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 
Section i. The accounts required by section four (4) of said act, 
to be submitted to the municipal court of the city of Providence shall 
hereafter be submitted to the City Council of said City, at such time 
and in such form as said City Council may from time to time prescribe. 
Sec. 2. So much of said section four (4) of said act to which this 
is in amendment, as is inconsistent herewith is hereby repealed. 
\Acts of General Assembly January Session, l86£, page 20^. Original 
act passed March 8, 1861. Amendments February 6, l86j, April 2£, 
r88g and May 25, l8pS] 



[June 8, 1865.1 Annual Report of the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground. 

To the Hon. City Council of the City of Providence 

The Commissioners of the North Burying Ground in conformity 
with law, make this their Annual Report for the year ending April i, 
1865. 

Report. 

First : The amount expended for and on account North Burying 
Ground for the past year is $2005.10 

Second : The general purpose of the expenditure were for survey- 
ing and grading lots, beautifying the ground and gravelling the avenues 
per account rendered S2005. 10 Paid as follows 

Orders on the City Treasurer ^1830. 34 

Miscellaneous receipts 17476 



1^2005.10 
Providence May 1865 

Respectfully submitted 

Wm Earle For Commissioners 



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Report of Trust Funds. North Burying Ground 



Received from Jos Veazie fund $\i.6o E 


xpended 


Si 1.60 


" Phebe Whipple " 5.40 




S-40 


" R. M. Gladding " 2.90 




2.90 


" " John Barslow " 2.00 




2.00 


" F. Balkcom " 







" Stephen Randall " 







Unexpended interest. 


$21.90 






Joseph Veazie Balance in Bank 


248,78 


Phebe Whipple '■ " " 




6.33 


Rebecca M. Gladding " " " 




3.10 


John Barstow " " " 




2.50 



Trust Funds invested as follows 
Joseph Veazie 10 shares Boston & Prov. R. R. 

par value $100 per share $1000.00 

Phebe Whipple deposited in Prov. Inst. 

for Savings on Interest 100.00 

100.00 
100,00 
100.00 
100.00 
43-^6 
^1543. 66 
Read: Whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
In Common Council passed May 8, 1865. 
" Board of Aldermen " June 5, 1865. 

Approved June 8, 1865, 
Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Cirjr Council Records No. 5, page 2J£.] 



Rebecca M. Gladding 


Do. 


John Barstow 


Do. 


Ferdinand Balcom 


Do. 


Stephen Randall 


Do. 


Zachariah Allen 


Do. 



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[June 13, 1865.] Resolved— 

That the gift of Alexander Duncan, to the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground of the sum of one thousand dollars, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the Revised Statutes to the preservation and care of the lots of said 
Duncan in the North Burying Ground be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the City Council. 
Passed June 12, 1865. 

Approved the same day, 
Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Cilj/ Coutuil Records No. 5, page 2jg^ 

[June 12, 1806.] Annual Report of the Superintendent of the 
North Burying Ground. 
To the Hon City Council of the City of Providence 

The Superintendent of the North Burying Ground in conformity with 
law makes this his annual report from June i, 1864 to June i, 1865. 
Amount received for interments, I677.00 

" " " sale of lots, 84.00 

S761.00 
N, Smalley Superintendent 
Read : whereupon It is ordered that the same be received 
Passed June 12, 1865 

Approved the same day, 
Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
\Cify Coufuil Records No. 5, page 2S2.] 

[January 8, 1866.] Resolved : — 

That the Standing Committee on the North BuryingGround be and 
they are hereby directed to enquire and ascertain upon what terms the 
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the North Burying Ground on the north, can be obtained for burial 
purposes; and to report thereon to the City Council. 

Passed January 8, 1866. 
Approved the same day, 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Ctfy Council Records No. 5, page S37-] 

[March 12, 1866.] Resolved :— 

That the bequest of Ellizabeth Coville to the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground of eight shares in the Blackstone Canal National 
Bank, par value $2$ each in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of Chapter 367 of the Revised Statutes to the 
preservation and care of the lot in the North Burying Ground conveyed 
to Elizabeth and Esther Coville by deed recorded in Book 4 page 213 
of the records of deeds in said ground be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted by the City Council. 
Passed March 12, 1866 

Approved the same day, 
Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 5, P^S'^.JS^-] 

[May 14, I860.] Annual Report of the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground. 

To the Hon. the City Council of the City of Providence — 

The Commissioners of the North Burying Ground in conformity 
with law make this their annual report of receipts and expenditures for 
the year ending April 30, 1866. 

Report, 

First. The amount expended for and on account of North Burying 
Ground for the past year is ^2450.06 

Second. The general purposes of the expenditures were for survey- 
ing grading lots beautifying the ground and gravelling the avenues per 
accounts rendered £2450.06 



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Third. Paid as follows orders on City 
Treasurer for 2136.54 

Miscellaneous receipts 313-52 $2450.06 



respectfully submitted 

William Earle for Commissioners 
Read: whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
Passed May 14, 1866. 

Approved the same day, 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Ci/y Council Records No. 5, page 3J2.] 

[tJune 4, ISOO.] For the Annual Report of the Superintendent 
of the North Burying Ground see City Council Records No 5 page 
387-388- 
[City CouticU Records No. 5, pages SS7-S.] 

[Jane 4, 1866.] Resolved :— 

That the Joint Committee who were appointed to cause the Mayor's 
Address to be printed be and they are hereby authorized to cause to 
be printed 

The Annual Report of the Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground (made May 14, t866) 

The Annual Report of the Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground. 
[OVl' Council Records No. 5, page Jpo.] 

[jDly », 1866.] Report of the Standing Committee on the North 
Burying Ground. 

The Standing Committee on the North Burial Ground who were 
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liam Randal) and John Carter Brown would sell to the City land ad- 
joining said Burial Ground Northerly and easterly Respectfully Report. 

That they entered into the following agreement with said heirs of 
William Randall to ascertain a fair valuation of said Farm and agreed 
to leave the whole matter to two competent disinterested men to value 
said farm, containing nearly forty acres more or less and in case the 
two referees could not agree that they should call in the third person. 

Your Committee selected Mr William G. R. Mowry as a suitable 
person to represent the City's interest, and the heirs of William Ran- 
dall selected Mr. Joseph W. Miller of North Providence to represent 
their interest, and the two gentlemen did agree with a written report 
here accompanying that the value of said farm is in their judgment, 
twenty thousand dollars K20000. and your committee agreed with said 
heirs of William Randall that the price agreed upon by said referees, to 
be a fair valuation of said farm containing 1.742.400 square feet. 

Also the strip of land belonging to John Carter Brown Esq laying 
between the easterly side of said Burial ground and North Main Street, 
containing more than six acres or 251.476 square feet, 

Tlic increased tlemand for lots and the few remaining unsold re- 
quires addition of more land. Your Committee have been urged by 
many of the heaviest tax payers and by the Commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground to secure their two parcels of land for burial purposes 
without delay These additions would give more than one hundred 
acres in the whole burying ground, which would be entirely surrounded 
by streets roads and Moshassuck River. 

Your Committee recommended the City Council to purchase said farm 
of the heirs of William Randall for the sum of twenty thousand dollars 
(20000) Also the strip of land belonging to John Carter Brown lying 
between the easterly side of said Burial Ground and North Main Street, 
containing more than six acres or 251.476 square feet and to pay Mr. 
Brown twelve thousand dollars $ 1 2000. and that the City Treasurer be 



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directed to take deeds iq the name of the City under the advice of the 
Standing Committee of the North Burial Ground, and the titles ap- 
proved by the City Solicitor. 

For the Committee John D. Jones Chairman. 
Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
Passed July 9, 1866. 

Approved the same day, 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 

Resolved : — 

That the City Treasurer acting under the advice and direction of 
the Standing Committee on the North Burial Ground be and he is 
hereby authorized and directed to purchase of the heirs of William Ran- 
dall deceased, the farm belonging to them adjoining the North Burial 
Ground and containing about forty acres ; and also, to purchase of John 
Carter Brown, the tract of land owned by him lying between said Burial 
Ground and North Main Street, containing between six and seven acres. 

Resolved : — 

That the sum of thirty two thousand dollars be and the same is 
hereby appropriated for the purchase of the foregoing estates. 

Resolved : — 

That before taking the deeds of said estates or paying therefor the 
City Solicitor shall examine the title thereto and approve the same. 
Passed July 9, 1866 
Approved the same day 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Cit^ Council Records No. 5, pages jg'/-8.'\ 

[July 30, 1866.] John Carter Brown to City of Providence — 
$12000 — Quitclaim. That certain parcel of land lying near the North 
Burial Ground in said City of Prov. bounded Northwardly by the divid- 
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by the Pawtucket Turnpike Road & North Main St Southwardly by 
land belonging to John & Richard Gannon & westwardly by a continu- 
ation of Sexton St as laid down on a plat of said Street made by S. B. 
Gushing on the gth of Sept 1845 & recorded in the City Clerk's Office 
the which said lot or parcel of land was to me conveyed by said City of 
Prov. by deed dated October 1 1, 1845 & recorded in Book No. 99 page 
73 of Providence Land Records as was also a strip of* land adjacent 
since conveyed by me to Zachariah Allen William or Edward Randall 
or some other person. [Deed Book No. 174, page JJO.] 

[August 18, 1806.1 Lucius Miner et al. to City of Providence — 
^20000 — Quitclaim. A certain tract of land situate in said North 
Providence now known as the William Randall homestead farm bounded 
and described as follows. Beginning on the westerly side of the Paw- 
tucket Turnpike Road at the point where the north line of the North 
Burial Ground of said Providence protracted would intersect said Turn- 
pike Road, thence westwardly bounding southwardly on said North 
Burial Ground to the Smithfield Turnpike road so called, thence north- 
wardly bounding westwardly on said Turnpike road to Moshassuck 
river, thence eastwardly bounding northwardly on said Moshassuck river 
to the Power Road so called, thence southwardly bounding eastwardly 
on said Power Road in the line of said Road protracted to the Paw- 
tucket Turnpike Road, thence still southwardly bounding eastwardly on 
said Turnpike Road to the place of beginning, containing about forty 
acres. [Deed Book No. 267, page 4^J, Providence, No. J7, page 440, 
City Clerk's Office, Pawtucket.] 

[November 12, lS6<t.] Resolved :— 

That the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground, be and they 
are hereby directed to select and set apart a lot in said ground as a 
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Resolved : — 

That the Standing Committee on the North Burial Ground, be and 
they are hereby authorized and directed to cause remains of the late 
Col. Knight Dexter and his family, to be carefully removed from the 
West Burying Ground, where they now are, to the lot set apart by the 
Commissioners of the North Burial Ground for their reception. 

Resolved ; — 

That the same committee be and they are hereby directed to cause 
the said lot to be properly curbed and the tomb stones repaired. 

Resolved : — 

That the sum of three thousand dollars be and the same is hereby 
appropriated for the purpose of carrying the aforegoing resolutions into 
effect. 

Passed November 12, 1866 
Approved the same day 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Ct/j' Coutuil Records No. 5, page 4^.] 

[November 2«, 1S66.] Message from the Mayor. 

Mayors Office Providence Novem, 26, 1866 
Gentlemen of the City Council 

The heirs of Edward Randall late of North Providence, deceased, 
claim to own a parcel of land between the North Burial Ground and the 
Pawtucket Turnpike, which has been supposed to be a portion of the 
estate originally conveyed by the City to John Carter Brown and by 
him recently conveyed to the city. 

I recommend that this claim may be investigated, in order that an 
amicable arrangement may be made with the heirs should they be found 
to have a title to the land in question. 

In October 1848 Mr. Randall executed a power of attorney to the 
late John Whipple directing him to sue for this land whenever Mr. 
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the City of Providence to be kept by them as a public park or common 
This power of attorney, together with a plat of the land has been de- 
posited in this office by the heirs. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
Read November 26, 1866. 
[Ciij' Council Records No. 5, page 444.^ 

[JanuaiT 16, 1867.] Memorial of the Commissioners of the 
North Burying Ground. 
To the Hon. City Council of the City of Providence 

The Commissioners of the North Burying Ground as the legally 
appointed custodians appointed to take special charge of the preserva- 
tion and improvement of this city cemetery, have deemed it to be their 
duty to submit for consideration, the subject of inclosing with a suit- 
able fence, the tract of forty six acres of land, recently purchased for 
the enlargement of the original cemetery of fifty six acres of ground, 
and of including both together as one spacious cemetery of the extent 
of one hundred and two acres 

Considering the design in purchasing this additional track of land to 
be the provision of a spacious place of sepulture, with a wise forecast 
fur the future requirements of a rapidly increasing city, the Commis- 
sioners have taken charge of the new trust committed to their care. 

The first consideration presented to them has been the removal of 
the old fence on the north division line and the construction of a new 
fence around the land purchased. To accomplish this, it has been 
found by admeasurement, that five thousand and eighty five feet in 
length of fence will be requisite ; a portion of which may be made of 
the division fence removed. 

The present inclosure of the original cemetery was made nearly a 
quarter of a century ago, by a structure formed of granite posts, to 
which chestnut rails and slats are attached by screw bolts, admitting of 
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These parts all remain perfect for future use, not one of them hav- 
ing failed or having been broken ; and they all admit of being used again 
for an indefinite period of time. 

Several hundred new granite posts will be required and some por- 
tions of the ground along the external lines will require to be graded to 
receive a regular line of fencing and to form a decent and respectable 
place of final rest for the sepulture of the people of Providence and of 
their children for future generations; whose careers of active life are 
all destined to be terminated at the bourne of mortal existence in the 
grave. 

Having served as one of the Commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground for the original inclosure and improvement of it ; this experi- 
ence has induced the belief of the undersigned that an appropriation of 
six thousand dollars economically expended will be adequate for the 
completion of the proposed inclosure in a durable and substantial 
manner. 

It is to be remembered that after the completion of this preliminary 
work the future preservation and improvement of this public cemetery 
will be sustained by the income from the gradual sale of burial plots for 
ages to come : and by the endowments by will and otherwise of sums 
contributed by individuals for the perpetual perservation of their several 
lots and monuments in accordance with the Act of the Legislature of 
the State of Rhode Island constituting the Commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, and their successors in office for ever, trustees for the 
special purpose of faithfully executing the directions prescribed by the 
donors. An incipient fund has already been created for this purpose 
amounting to twenty eight hundred dollars securely invested. 

It may be appropriately noticed as shewing the natural advantages 
of the location recently purchased, that it borders on an ever flowing 
river, and admits of the formation of sheets of water amid elevated 
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the attractions of a beautiful landscape to the living mourner and the 
sanctity of the quiet repose of the dead, with the assurance that this 
secluded spot may remain undisturbedly consecrated as a cemetery. 
For the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground. 

Zachariah Allen. 
Read: whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
Passed In Common Council January 14, 1867. 

In Board of Aldermen January 16, 1867, 
Approved the same day 

Thomas A, Doyle Mayor. 
[Cit_y CoHRcil Records No. 5, page ^O.] 

[February 4, t8«7.] Resolved : — 

That the Commissioners of the North Burying Ground, under the 
advice of the Standing Committee of the North Burial Ground, be and 

they are hereby directed to cause the land recently purchased for the 
extending of said ground to be properly laid out, graded and enclosed 
by a suitable fence. 

Resolved :— 

That the sum of six thousand dollars be hereby appropriated for the 
aforegoing object. 
Passed : In Common Council January 14, 1867. 

In Board of Aldermen February 4, 1867. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor, 
[O// Council Records No. 5, peige ^f.] 

[February 11, 1807.L Resolved :^ 

That the Committee appointed to revise the City ordinances, be and 
they are hereby directed to malce application to the General Assembly 
for the passage of an Act changing the boundary line between this city 
and the town of North Providence, so that such portions of the land 
owned by the City set apart for burial purposes and known as the 



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"North Burial Ground" as is situated in the town of North Providence 
may be set off to and made a part of the City of Providence and also, 
for the passage of an act changing the boundary line between this city 
and the town of East Providence, so that so much of the property con- 
veyed to the City by the deed from the Washington Bridge Society, 
dated November 20, i860 and recorded in the land records of the City 
in book number one hundred fifty eight, (158) page two hundred and 
seven (207) as is located in East Providence may be set off to and 
made a part of the City of Providence. 
Passed In Board of Aldermen January 16, 1867, 
In Common Council February 11, 1867. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Ctiy Council Records No. j, page ^2.] 

[February 13, 1867.] For report of Standing ComnTittee on the 
North Burying Ground on Commissioners Report see City Council 
Records number 5 page 470. 

This report was approved by the Mayor almost a year after. 

For report uf Commissioners of North Burial Ground for the year 
ending April 30, 1866 see City Council Records number 5 page 470. 

For Anniial Report of the North Burial Ground Fund see City 
Council records number j page 471. 
[Cifj' CoiitKil Records No. 5, pages 4yo ^ 4/^-] 

[June 3, 1867.] For Annual Report of the Superintendent of 
the North Burying Ground for the year ending June i, 1867 see City 
Council Records number 5 page 519. 

For Report of Committee on the North Burial in regard to Com- 
missioners Report see City Council Records number 5 pages 520 & 521 
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For Annual Report of the Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground for the year ending April 30, 1867 see City Council records 
number 5 page 521. 

For Annual Report on North Burial Ground Funds see City Council 
records number 5 pages 521 & 522 for the year ending April 30, 1867. 
[City Council Records No. 5, pages 5/9 to 522.] 

[June S, 1867-1 F°i' Income from North Burial Ground Funds 
for the year ending April 30, 1867 see City Council records number 5 
pages 522 & 523. 

[June 3, 18«7.1 Resolved ; — 

That the Joint Committee who were appointed to cause the Mayor's 
Address to be printed, be and they are hereby Authorized to cause to 
be printed 

The Annual Report of the Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground made May 13 1867. 

The Annual Report of the Superintendent of the North Burying 
Ground. 
[Cily Council Records No. £, page 5^5.] 

[August 12, 1867.] Resolved That the gift of Jabez Gorham of 
the sum six hundred dollars to the Commissioners of the North Bury- 
ing Ground in trust the income thereof to be applied under the provi- 
sions of Chapter 367 of the Revised Statutes to the preservation and 
care of the lot of said Gorman in said ground be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the City Council. 
Passed In Common Council August 12, 1867. 

In Board of Aldermen Aug 14 1867. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
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[September 23, 1867.] Resolved That the City Treasurer be 
hereby authorized under the advice and direction of the Standing Com- 
mittee on City Property, to sell a strip of land on the easterly side of 
Sexton street adjoining land of Joseph Whelden and to execute a quit- 
claim deed thereof in the name of the City of Providence and to affix 
the seal of the City thereto provided said land shall not be sold for less 
than two hundred and sixty dollars and also that the proceeds be paid 
over to the trustees of the Sinking Fund for the redemption of the City 
Bonds payable in 1885 
Passed Sept. 23, 1867. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
ICiiy Council Records No. 6, page 2g.\ 

[September 27, 1867.] City of Providence to Jos. Whelden — 
$260 — Quitclaim. A certain lot or parcel of land lying, being & situ- 
ate in the Northerly part of said City of Prov. 8e bounded & described 
as follows Viz : Westerly by a line (which line is understood & agreed 
by these grantors & this grantee to be the easterly line of Sexton 
street) parallel with & one hundred & forty 42/100 feet west of the 
west line of North Main St. on which it measures one hundred & 
seventy two 08/100 feet. Northerly & in range with the north line 
of a lot owned by said Whelden on said North Main St by land claimed 
by Sally Hathaway on which it measures 10/12 feet more or less. 
Easterly by land of said Joseph Whelden on which it measures about 
one hundred & sixty feet and southerly & in range with the south line 
of said Whelden's lot on North Main St by land of said City on which 
it measures thirty three & one half feet more or less which said lot 
hereby conveyed contains forty two hundred square feet more or less. 
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[October 7, 18670 Nathan Smalley Esqr. superintendent of the 
North Burial Grounds in the dty of Providence proposes to straighten 
the line of the fence westerly from homestead estate of Wm. Randall to 
the bridge on the river near Horton Grove estate ; the coundl make no 
objection to the straightening the line providing the same is done with 
the consent of the owners of the land opposite. 
\North Providence Town Council Records, No. 10, page 124.] 

[November 13, 1867.] Report on the Dexter Monument, 
To the Hon. City Council 

The Standing Committee on the North Burying Ground to whom 
was referred the erection of a monument to Ebenezer Knight Dexter 
by vote of the City Council who appropriated three thousand dollars to 
carry the same into effect make report : 

That they secured a lot in the North Burial Ground forty feet 
square and enclosed the same with a heavy granite coping and erected a 
monument of Westerly granite twenty five feet in height to the memory 
of Mr. Dexter and his ancestors. The Committee had all the remains 
of Mr. Dexter's Family wife and child carefully removed to this lot also 
the remains of his father's family and grand parents removed from the 
West Burying Ground and buried in the same lot and inscribed on the 
monument the names of his ancestors at a cost exhausting the whole 
appropriation to complete the work. 

Your Committee consulted with all who felt an interest in the design 
of a monument to make it creditable to the City. 
For the Committee, 

John D. Jones. 
Read whereupon it is ordered that the same be received 
Passed November 11, 1867, In Common Council. Nov, 13, 1867, In 
Board of Aldermen. 

Approved the same day, . Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 

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[November 13, 1867.1 Resolved that the gift of Almon D. 
Hodges of Boston of the sum of one hundred dollars to the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burying Ground in trust the income thereof to be 
applied under the provisions of Chapter 367 of the Revised Statutes to 
the preservation and care of the burial lot of Sally B. Comstock in said 
ground be and the same is hereby accepted by the City Council. 
Passed in Common Council Nov. 1 r, 1867. 
In Board of Aldermen Nov. 13, 1867. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A, Doyle Mayor, 
[Ci/jr Council Records No. 6, page ^.] 

[Harch 20, 1868.] Report. 

To the Honorable the Board of Aldermen of the City of Providence 
The undersigned who were on the i6th day of March A. D. 1868 
appointed by said Board " to relay Sexton street of a width of thirty feet 
from Cozzen's Lane toa point about thirty fourand one half feet North 
of the Northerly line of John Gorman's lot and also to lay out a new 
street from said Sexton street to North Main street thirty feet in 
width " respectfully report 

That on the 17th day of March A. D. 1868 accompanied by Gus- 
tavus A. Williamson Esquire Justice of the Peace and Edward S. 
Rhodes 2d Esq. City Sergeant the undersigned proceeded to the place 
where said highways are required to be laid out and (having been first 
duly engaged by the said Gustavus A. Williamson Justice of the Peace 
to faithfully discharge the duties required of them by .the warrant here- 
unto annexed) surveyed bounded and marked out said highways in 
accordance with the directions of said Board as contained in said war- 
rant and as delineated on the plat' which is herewith presented marked 
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Sexton Street, 
Beginning for the easterly line of said street at a point in the range 
of the northerly line of Cozzens Lane as said lane was established 
November _^th A. D. 1855 said point being 170^^3 feet westerly from 
the westerly line of North Main street measuring on the Northerly line 
of said lane; thence Northerly on a line parallel with the said westerly 
line of North Main street and 142^^ feet therefrom 61^-^ feet to a 
point 34j/o ^^^^ north of the northerly line of John Gorman's lot thence 
westerly at a right angle loo^'^jj feet thence southerly on a line parallel 
with said line running northerly and thirty feet therefrom 637155 ^"^ *^^ 
range of the northerly line of Cozzens Lane before described: thence 
easterly 35^5 feet to the point of beginning. 

New Street. 

Beginning at a point in the easterly line of Sexton street as before 
described 4J feet north of the northerly line of John Gormans lot as 
defined on said plat, thence at a right angle with said Sexton street as 
represented on said plat on a line parallel with said Gorman's northerly 
line and 4^ feet therefrom easterly 142^^ feet to the westerly line of 
North Main street thence Northerly on said westerly line of North 
Main street 30 feet to a point 94-^ feet northerly from the range of 
the Northerly side of the Obadiah Mason shop (so called) now belong- 
ing to the said John Gorman thence westerly on a line parallel with 
said Gorman's northerly line, and 34^ feet therefrom I42^^''5 feet to 
said Sexton street thence southerly on the easterly line of said Sexton 
street to the point of beginning. 

And your Committee also report that the land taken for these high- 
ways as herein described is a part of the lot lying "between Archibald 
Walker's southward to the brook that cometh out of Samuel Whipple's 
land eastward with the highway and westward and northwestward with 
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June A. D. 1 700 to remain Common for a training field, burying ground 
and other public uses. •■ 

And the undersigned further report that no claim for land damage 
can in their judgment be sustained against the City in case these high- 
ways are established as herein before described and that but one party 
is known to them who seeks remuneration for such damage Nathaniel 
S Mowry of Smithtield claims to own the land next north of John Ger- 
mans estate of which land 3640^^ feet are required for the New street 
as marked out and bounded by your committee For this land the said 
Mowry demands fifteen cents per foot or the sum of Five hundred and 
Forty six s/ioo dollars. 

And the undersigned further report that said Mowry has no record 
title to the land which he claims to own 

If he has any title it is by possession And in order that the Board 
of Aldermen may duly appreciate the value of such title the undersigned 
refer said Board to a decision of the Supreme Court in the Case of 
Whelden versus Martin in relation to the title of a portion of the same 
tract or parcel of land which was dedicated by the Town of Providence 
to public uses in June A. D. r7cx3. 
Respectfully submitted. 
Witness our bands and seals this 20th day of March A. D. 1868 

James C. Hidden L. S. 
Joseph F. Gilmore L. S. 
Charles E. Paine L, S. 
(See Map in Book of Street Plats No 4 Page 54) 

Note. Street above, received May 29, 1868 Street book 2 page 413. 
[Streel Book No 2, pages 412 ^ 4IJ, City Clerk's Office.'] 

[May 14, 1868.] For the Annual Reports of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground see City Council Records No 6 pages 
94-95-96 and 97 
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tMay 14, 1868.] ResolveJ That the City Treasurer be directed 
to pay to the OTder of the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground 
the sum of one thousand dollars ($1000) the same to be expended in 
repairs of fence of said grounds. 
Passed In Common Council May 1 1, 1868. 
In Board of Aldermen May 14, 1868. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Cily Council Records No. 6, page g^.] 

[May 29, 1808.] In Board of Aldermen May 2g, 1868 
The Report of the Committee appointed on the i6th day of March 
1 868 to relay Sexton street from Cozzens Lane to a point 34^ feet 
Northerly of the north line of John Gormans lot, and also to lay out a 
street from Sexton street to North Main street which report was post- 
poned to this day is taken up notice having been duly served on all 
parties interested : and Edward P. Knowles appears and is heard : 
whereupon it is ordered that said report be received and recorded. 

In Board of Aldermen May 29, 1868 
Resolved That this Board hereby declare that all that portion of Sex- 
ton street which lies northerly of Sexton street as laid out by the Com- 
mittee appointed March 16, r868 and northerly of the new street from 
Sexton street to North Main street laid out by said Committee has 
ceased to be useful to the public as a highway, 
[S/reci Book No. 2, page .flj] 

[June 1, 1868.] For the Annual report of the Superintendent of 
the North Burial Ground see City Council Records No. 6 page 114. 
[CiVf Council Records No. 6, page 114.^ 

[August 24, 1868.1 Resolved That the gift of James Wheaton of 
the sum of eighty dollars to the Commissioners of the North Burying 
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of Chapter 367 of the Revised Statutes to the Preservation and Gare of 
the burial lot of said Wheaton in said ground be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the City Council, 

Passed Aug. 24, 1868. 
Approved the same day, 

Thomas A, Doyle Mayor. 
[Ciij' Council Records No. 6, page l^J.] 

(November 28, 1868.] An Ordinance establishing certain Joint 
Rules and Joint Standing Committees of the City Council. 

Ij is ordained by the City Council as follows : 

Section i. These shall be annually appointed by the City Council 
immediately after the organization of the city government the following 
Joint Standing Committees who shall hold their offices until the expira- 
tion of the current municipal year, viz, * * « 

A Committee on the North Burial Ground. 

Each of which shall consist of three members of the Common 
Council and one Aldermen • * • • 
Passed Nov. 23, approved Nov. 28, 1868. 
[Ordinance Book No, J, page §0, City Clerk's Office, Providence.'] 

[Jannary 13, 1869.1 Message from the Mayor. 

Mayors office. City of Providence, 
January 11, 1869. 
Gentlemen of the City Council, 

I suggest to you the propriety of setting apart a suitable lot in the 
North Burial Ground for the interment of the bodies of such persons as 
may decease in the Rhode Island Hospital leaving no friends to attend 
to their burial. 

Should such a lot be provided the Trustees of the Hospital will un- 
doubtedly see that the same is properly cared for. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
Read In Common Council Jan. 11, 1869. 
In Board of Aldermen Jan. r3, 1869. 



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Resolved, 

That the Message of the Mayor dated January ii 1869 relative to 
setting apart a suitable lot in the North Burial Ground for interment of 
bodies of such persons as may decease in the R. I. Hospital be and 
herebyis referred to the Standing Committee on the North Burying 
Ground to examine and report thereon. 
Passed In Common Council January 1 1, 1869 
In Board of Aldermen January 13, 1869. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Cajr Council Records No. 6, pages 214 ^ 2/^-] 

[Februaiy 10, I860.] Resolved That the City Treasurer under 
the advice and direction of the Commissioners of the North Burying 
Ground be and he is hereby authorized and directed to sell for a sum 
not less than twelve hundred and fifty dollars that portion of the North 
Burying Ground estate situate in the town of North Providence between 
the Smithfield and Branch Bridge turnpike. 

Resolved : — 

That the City Treasurer be and he is hereby authorized upon 
the sale of said estate to execute in the name of the City of Providence 
to the purchaser or purchasers thereof a quitclaim deed thereof and 
affix the seal of said City thereto. 
Passed in Common Council Feb. 8, 1S69. 

In Board of Aldermen Feb. 10, 1869. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Citj' Council Records No. 6, page 226.] 

[February 10, 1S69.] An Ordinance in amendment of an ordi- 
nance approved Oct. 12, 1868 entitled "An Ordinance in amendment of 
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It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows— 

Section i. That portion of the ordinance of which this ordinance is 
in amendment relating to the receipts of money on account of the sale 
of real estate of any description now belonging, or which may hereafter 
belong to the city shall not apply to the sale of any portion of the North 
Burying Ground estate, whether the same be sold for burial or other 
purposes 

Section 2. All monies received for the sale of any portion of said 
Burying Ground estate shall be appropriated as provided in section 
fifteen of the ordinance entitled "An Ordinance in relation to the North 
Burying Ground " 

Section 3. All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with 
the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed. 
Passed In Common Council Feb, 8, i86g. 

In Board of Aldermen Feb. 10, 1S69. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[Ordinance Beok N0. 3, page $6, City Clerk's Office, Providence.] 

[Febrnary 25, 1869.] City of Providence to Nathan Smalley — 
$1250 — Quitclaim A certain piece of land situated in North Provi- 
dence in said State bounded as follows Beginning at a point on the 
westerly line of the Smithfield Turnpike at the South Easterly corner 
of land now or formerly belonging t» Fenner H. Peckham, thence 
southerly bounding easterly on said turnpike on* hundred and five feet 
more or less to the northerly line of Branch Turnpike, thence westerly 
on said Branch Turnpike one hundred seventy two feet more or less to 
the Moshassuck river, thence northerly bounding westerly by said river 
twelve feet more or less to said Peckhams land, thence easterly bound- 
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or less to the point of beginning subject however to the following con- 
ditions ; That no spiritous or intoxicating liquors shall ever be kept for 
sale upon said premises and no nuisance shall be permitted to exist 
thereon and in case of the violation of these conditions this deed shall 
become void. [Deed Book No. 2jg, page ^p, Providence — No. 42, page 
54S, City Clerk's Office, Paw/uckei.] 

[March 22, 1869.] Resolved That the City Treasurer be and he 
hereby is directed to convey a certain triangular lot of land in the North 
Burial Ground, north of the ridge (so called) and containing one fourth 
of an acre more or less to the Rhode Island Hospital : The deed of said 
lot to contain such conditions as the commissioners of said burial ground 
shall impose. 

Passed March 22, 1869. 
Approved the same day, 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 6, page 2jS.] 

[March 22, 1869.] Resolved That the City Council hereby ac- 
cepts that portion of the Pawtucket Turnpike road lying within the 
limits of the City of Providence on the conditions set forth in the reso- 
lutions of the General Assembly relating to said turnpike passed at the 
present session. 

Passed March 22 1869. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[City Council Records No- 6, page 2.fO.] 

[April 26, 1869.1 Message from the Mayor. 

Mayors office, City of Providence, 
April 26, i86g. 
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and Pawtucket Turnpike that by order of the State Treasurer he had 
delivered to the City so much of said turnpike as was within the limits 
of the city. 

The communication from the Agent I transmit herewith. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
Pawtucket April 24, l86g 
To the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Providence R. I. 

By direction of S. A, Parker State Treasurer I am directed to 
deliver so much of the Providence & Pawtucket turnpike road as lays 
within the City of Providence up' to the City this day after three 
o'clock P. M. 

Jaiflts Davis Agent Prov. & Pawtucket Turnpike, Read Apr. 26, 1869. 
[City Countil Records No. 6, page ^^.] 

[May 3, 1869.] Resolved That the Superintendent of the North 
Burial Ground be and he hereby is directed to continue the fence of 
said burial ground from its present southerly terminus on North Main 
street, on the line of said street to its junction with Sexton street and 
thence up the line of said Sexton street joining the fence already con- 
structed. 

Passed in Common Council March 22, 1869. 
In Board of Aldermen May 3, l86g. 
Approved the same day. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 6, page 2£2.'\ 

[Hay 24, 1809.1 For the annual reports of the Commissioners of 
the North Burial Ground see city council records No. 6 page 261. 
Approved May 24, i86g. 

Thomas A. Doyle Mayor. 
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For the annual report of the Superintendent of the North Burial 
Ground see City Coundl No, 6 Page 276. 
Approved June 7, i86g. 

George L. Clarke Mayor, 
Report ordered printed June 7, 1869. 
[City Council Records No. 6, pages 26J ^ 2y6.\ 

[July 26, 1869.] Resolved That the City Treasurer be and he is 
hereby directed to pay to the Smithfield Turnpike Company the sum of 
one hundred dollars whenever said turnpike Company shall execute to 
the City of Providence a satisfactory conveyance of that portion of said 
turnpike road lying within the limits of said City for a free public high- 
way and shall also execute to the Towns of Smithfield and North Provi- 
dence hke conveyances of the portions of said road within the limits of 
said towns said sum to be paid from the appropriation for highways. 
Passed July 26, 1869. 

Approved the same day, George L, Clarke. 

Mayor. 
[City Council Records No. 6, page JOO.'] 

[May 2, 1870.] Return of Committee to relay the Old Providence 
from the Old Smithfield Road to the City line. 

To the Honorable the Town Council of the Town of North Provi- 
dence, County of Prov & State of R. I. 

Whereas the Town Council on the 13th day of Apl. last adjudged it 
necessary to refer the matter of reconsidering the recent relay of the 
Old Smithfield Road to the undersigned with special reference to that 
portion of said Highway abuting on land of Charles Davis, E. Esten 
A. Metcalf, & Felix Mulholland, Report as follows, that agreeable to 
the instruction of your honorable body after having first notified the 
above named Parties on the 26th day of April last proceeded to that 
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waiting for a considerable time the said parties failing to appear accord- 
ing — Notice Your Committee proceeded to re-examine the lines of their 
former relay with Special reference to the claims set forth by the peti- 
tioners, and it is our opinion that the lines of Said Highway by us 
marked out & defined & as described in our former report, can not be 
changed or altered without making the Town liable for damages ; Said 
Survey being strictly in accordance with the former lay out of sd High- 
way as delineated on a Plat reed in Book of Plats No i, Page s in 
Town Clerks office of North Providence to which we refer In regard to 
the lines of the sd Old Smithfield Road opposite to the estates of C 
Esten & A Metcalf, it is our opinion that by changing the angles in 
said Highway from where it now is to the intersection of sd Road with 
Quincy Avenue would be an improvement favorable to the abuting 
estates, without discommoding the public travel & your Committ_^ would 
recommend such a change provided the owners of the land on both sides 
of sd Highway as far as the change in the lines should vary from the 
original layout, would mutually agree between themselves sign an agree- 
ment to that effect holding the Town harmless. 

Your Committee has also agreeable to your instruction continued 
said Highway or rather a Highway intersecting with the sd Old Smith- 
field Road known to the public as the Old Road from Pawtucket to 
Providence to the City Line, as follows ; Beginning at a stone bound at 
the N. E. corner of the Old Smithfield Road at its intersection with the 
Old Road from Pawtucket to Providence thence S. 15° 50 W. 67I ft 
to a stone bound on the easterly side of sd Old Road from Pawtucket 
to Providence; thence S 22°- 30' W, 392^5*^ ft to a stone bound; 
thence S. i4°-3o' W. 742J ft. to center of an Oak Tree thence S. 
'3°-45' W, 557-i^j feet to center of Cedar tree; thence S. 5°-3o' W, 
168S ft. to angle abt. 18 feet Southerly from the Northerly line of the 
Heniy Pitman estate: thence S. i3°-g W. 41 z^^ ft. to the range of the 
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the Northerly side of Pidge Avenue S. ^t'-if E. about 20 ft. or to its 
intersection with the westerly line of the Providence and Pawtucket 
Turnpike : thence S. 43''-W. abt. 126 ft. to a stone bound at angle in 
sd Turnpike: thence S. 52°-27' W. 1455^ ft to a Stone bound abt 18 
ft North of Northerly line of New Highway or Street leading to the 
Old Power Road ; the terminus of the relay of sd Old Providence Road 
by Wm Earle, Andrew Almy & Elish. O Angell in A. D. i860 making 
said Road 3 rods or 49^ ft. wide throughout with the exception of that 
portion of sd road opposite to the estate of Henry Pitman which was 
altered by the Town Comm^i' Sept. 6th 1869 & made wider at the inter- 
section with the Pawtucket Turnpike all of which is accurately de- 
leniated on the accompanying Plat to which reference is being made. 
Thus far your Committ_ has retraced the tines of the sd. Old Road 
from Pawtucket to Providence in accordance with lay out in A. D. 1860 
& 1869 making use of the same courses & distances with the excep- 
tion of reducing the same from rods & links to feet, as far as to the 
angle marked A on the Plat opposite to H. Pitmans Toll Gate Estate 
and from thence by actual measurements by your Comml' from the 
stone bound set by us on the westerly side of the Old Road from Paw- 
tucket to Providence, 3 rods westerly from a stone bound set in angle 
on the westerly line of the Pawtucket Turnpike & about 18 feet North- 
erly from the Northerly side of New Road leading to the Power Road . 
indicated on the plat by letter B. we run & marked out a straight line 
S. 35°-32' W 2i45.j9j^ ft to the City line where we set another stone 
bound. This line which we made the westerly line of the Old Road 
from Providence to Pawtucket continued on the same course to a point 
opposite to a stone bound on the Northerly side of North St & on the 
easterly side of the Pawtucket Turnpike will strike just 6 rods westerly 
from said stone bounds allowing 3 rods in width for each road at this 
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from the New Highway leading to the Old Power Road at B on the 
plat to the City line will be the westerly side of the Pawtucket Turn- 
pike as defined & layed out by order of the General Assembly in 1848 
and accurately deleniated on the accompanying plat which make sd. 
Old Providence Road 64^ ft. wide at the City line. 

The land abuting on that portion of the Old Road from Pawtucket 
to Providence as now relaid by U3 belongs to the Heirs of Nicholas 
Brown & the City of Providence which your petitioners claims to be 
the Old Road or Highway from Pawtucket to Providence prior to the 
lay out of the Pawtucket Turnpike and taking this view of it, it is our 
opinion that said City of Providence or the heirs of Nicholas Brown 
have sustained no damage by reason of sd Highway abuting or passing 
through sd land. 

The accompanying draft is an exact plan of sd Highway as surveyed 
bounded & marked out by us with the names of the owners of the land 
over which the line is laid, 

Given under our hands & Seals this 2d day of May A D 1870. 
Obdiah Brown L. S. ' 
Geo. E. Newell L. S. 
N. B. Schubarth L. S. J 
[JVcriA Providence Town Council Records No. 10, page 4^4-\ 

[Hay 0, 1870.] For the Annual reports of the Commissioners of 
the North Burial Ground see City Council No 6 Page 428 
Approved May 9 1870. 

George L. Clarke 

Mayor. 
Report ordered printed June 6 1870 (Resolution No, 20) 
\CUy Council Records No. 6, page 428.] 

[Mar 16, 1870.1 Upon the return & report of Obadaih Brown, 
Israel B, Phillips, & George Newell heretofore appointed by this 
Council to survey bound & relay the Old Smithfield Road from the 



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Smithfield iine to the line of the City of Pro\idence being again read & 
the owners of the land abutting the same being duly summoned & ap- 
pear & are heard relating to the same Charles E, Davis Jr the only 
person appearing to object to the relay, And said Council do order & 
decree that said return & report be recorded & said relay established, by 
removing all Buildings and other impediments thereon. 
\North Pr&indence Town Council Records No. 10, page Jp4.] 

[Jnne «, 1870.] For the annual report of the Superintendent of 
North Burial Ground see City Council No. 6 Page 444. 
Approved June 6 1870. 

Thomas A. Doyle, 

Mayor. 
Report ordered printed June 6, 1870. (Resolution No. 20) 
[Citj' Council Records No. 6, page 444.} 

[December 5, 1870.1 No. 253. Resolutions for the purchase of 
land of William Corliss, for the North Burying Ground. (Approved 
December 5, 1870.) 

Resolved, That the Joint Committee on the North Burial Ground 
be, and they are hereby authorized to purchase the estate of William 
Corliss, adjoining the North Burial Ground, containing about nineteen 
acres of land with the buildings and improvements thereon, provided, 
that the amount to be paid therefor shall not exceed the sum of thirty- 
five thousand dollars, payable in the notes of the city at ten years after 
the date of the delivery of the deeds, bearing interest at the rate of six 
per cent, per annum, and provided further, that a title thereto, satisfac- 
tory to the City Solicitor can be obtained. 

Resolved, That the City Treasurer be hereby authorized and 
directed to issue the notes of the city in accordance with the afor^oing 
resolution, whenever said committee shall deliver to him a deed of said 
estate in proper form. 
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[December 5, 1870.] No. 254. Resolution to inquire what ad- 
ditional land can be obtained for the North Burying Ground. (Ap. 
proved December 5, 1870.) 

Resolved, That the joint Committee on the North Burying 
Ground, be hereby instructed to inquire what additional land can be 
obtained for enlarging the North Burying Ground 
\Rc solutions of the City Coumil No. 2^4, lS/0.] 

[December 17, 1870.] Wra. Corliss to City of Providence — 

$35000 — Warranty A tract of land with the buildings and improve- 
ments thereon situated in said North Providence bounded as follows viz. 
Beginning at a stone bound at the S. W. corner of said lot at the 
junction of the Smithfield Turnpike and Horton Grove roads so called 
running N, along the line of said Turnpike road to land belonging to the 
Prov. & Worcester and Boston & Providence Railroads, thence N, along 
the line of said Railroad bounding W. on said Turnpike and railroad to 
the old Power Road so called, thence E. on said Power Road bounding 
N. on the same 278 feet to a stone bound at land of the Dexter heirs 
thence S, bounding E. on said Dexter land 920 ft. to a stone bound on 
line of Horton Grove Road, thence S. W. bounding S. on said road 
605-6 to place of beginning. Also a tract of land with the buildings 
and improvements thereon situate in said North Providence bounded as 
follows. Beginning at a stone bound at the N. E. corner of said tract 
on the S, side of the Horton Grove road running S. bounding E. on 
land of Barton Miller and wife to the center of the Old Blackstone 
Canal thence W. along the center line of said canal to the Smithfield 
Turnpike road, thence N. bounding W. on said Turnpike to the Horton 
Grove road thence E. bounding N. on said Horton Grove Road to the 
first mentioned bound. Also all my right title and interest in and to lot 
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being one undivided half part of said lot and in and to lot No. 2 on said 
plat being three undivided quarter parts of said lot. 
[Deed Book No. 281, page pj. Providence — No. $4, page 27, City Clerk's 
Office, Pawtuckel.'] 

[February 15, 1871.] No. 347. Resolution accepting the gift 
of William Earle trustee of the estate of George Earle, to the North 
Burial Ground Fund. (Approved February 15, 1871.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William Earle trustee of the estate of 
George Earle, deceased, of the sum of one hundred dollars, to the Com- 
missioners of the North Burying Ground, in trust, the income thereof 
to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367, of the public laws, to 
the preservation and care of the burial lot of said George Earle, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted by the City Council. 
[Resolutions of the City Cou ncil No. 34, iSyt.] 

{March 13, 1871.1 No. 383. Resolution relative to adding the 
whole of the North Burying Ground and Swan Point Cemetery to the 
city. (Approved March 13, 1871.) 

Resolved, That the City Clerk be hereby directed to give notice to 
the Town of North Providence, that an application will be made to the 
General Assembly at the May Session, A. D. r87i, for the transfer 
from said town to the City of Providence, of all the territory belonging 
to and forming parts of the North Burying Ground and Swan Point 
Cemetery. 

[Resolutions of the City Council No. 383, l8jl.'\ 
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[April 11, 1871.] No. 444. Resolution accepting Gift of I200 
from Anna Whipple, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April II, 1871.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Anna Whipple, of the sum of two hun- 
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trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the pubHc laws to the preservation and care of the burial lot of 
said Anna Whipple in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
by the City Council. 
[Resolutions of tlie City Council No. 444, iSyt.l 

(May H, 1871.1 For the annual report of the Commissioners of 
the North Burial Ground and the income from trust funds see City 
Council No. 7 pages 51, 52 & 53 
(Ordered printed June S, 1871 — Resolution No. 19) 
[City Council Records No. f, pages ^I-2-^.\ 

[June 5, 1871.] For the annual report of the Superintendent of 
the North Burial Ground see City Council No, 7 page 75. 
(Ordered printed June 5, 1871. Resolution No. 19) 
\City Council Records No. 7, page 75.] 

[July 12, 1871.1 An Ordinance In Amendment of An Ordinance 
Entitled "An Ordinance In Relation to the North Burying Ground " 
(Approved July 12, 1871.) 

It is Ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows : 

Section i. The Superintendent of the North Burying Ground shall 
be appointed by the Commissioners of the North Burying Ground, and 
shall hold his office during the pleasure of said commissioners He shall 
perform such duties in addition to those prescribed by the ordinances of 
the city, as said commissioners shall require and shall receive sucli 
salary as said commissioners shall determine not exceeding fifteen hun- 
dred dollars per annum payable quarterly from the North Burying 
Ground Improvement Fund, hereinafter provided for, in addition to 
house and garden rent. 

Sec. 2, The said commissioners are hereby authorized to purchase 
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merits as may be necessary for the proper care and management of said 
burying ground ; and all such property so purchased, shall belong to the 
City of Providence. The said commissioners are also authorized to 
employ such workmen as they may deem necessary in laying out and 
caring for said burying ground, and in keeping the lots, fences, monu- 
ments and avenues therein in proper order, and in doing such new work 
as they may contract to perform. 

Sec. 3. All rents collected from said burying ground, all fees or 
rewards of any kind derived therefrom, and now by law paid to the 
superintendent of said burying ground, or to any other person, and all 
income of whatever description, derived from said burying ground, shall 
be paid to the City Treasurer, of the City of Providence, and together 
with the sums received from the sale of lots in said burying ground, 
shaU constitute the North Burying Ground Improvement Fund. 

Sec. 4. Said commissioners are hereby authorized to expend not 
exceeding three-fourths of said fund in any one year, in the payment of 
salaries and in the improvement and protection of the grounds, avenues 
and fences of said burying ground, and the City Treasurer is hereby 
directed to pay the same from time to time, upon the order of said com- 
missioners and the balance of said fund not so expended in any one 
year, is hereby appropriated towards the extinguishment of any indebt- 
edness of the city already contracted or which may hereafter be con- 
tracted principal or interest, on account of the purchase of land for said 
burying ground. 

Sec. 5. The said commissioners are hereby authorized to appoint 
one of their own number treasurer, who shall keep all books and ac- 
counts, which it may be necessary for said commissioners to have kept, 
relating to said burying ground, draw all drafts upon the City Treasurer 
for all moneys over which said commissioners have the control, and 
make up and render all reports required to be made and rendered by 
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of three hundred dollars, payable quarterly from said North Burying 
Ground Improvement Fund. 

Sec, 6. The annual report now required by law to be made by said 
commissioners in the month of May, shall hereafter be made in the 
month of January. 

Sec. 7- Al! ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent here- 
with, are hereby repealed. 
[Ordinance Book No. 3, page 86, City Clerk's Office, Providence.] 

[December 21, 1871.] No. 287. Resolution to set off a lot in 
the North Burying Ground for use of the Grand Army of the Republic. 
(Approved December 21, 1871.) 

Resolved, That the petition of Prescott Post of the Grand Army of 
the Republic of this city, for a burial lot in the North Burying Ground, 
be granted with the following conditions : That the lot be deeded to 
the Prescott Post, for the use of all the posts of the Grand Army of the 
Republic in this city as a burial place for the comrades of their several 
posts : that the Prescott Post shall agree to erect on the lot when 
deeded to them, a suitable monument, within two years of the date of 
said deed, and they shall also agree to keep the lot in good order : 

Resolved, That the Commissioners of the North Burying Ground, 
are hereby directed to set apart a lot for said post, the dimensions not 
to exceed fifty by fifty feet, also, to curb the same at an expense not ex- 
ceeding two dollars per foot ; the expense thereof to be paid from the 
appropriation for the North Burying Ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 28J, fSy/.] 

[JaDoary 2'£, 1872.] For the report of the Commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground from May I to Dec, 31, 1871 see No. 366 Reso- 
lutions of 1 87 1 -2. 

(Ordered printed June 3, 1872 with Sup'ts. report. — Resolution No, 21) 
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[May O, 1872.] For the annual report on the North Burial 
Ground fund for the year ending Apr, 30 1872 see City Council records 
No. 7, pages 256 & 7. 
[OVf Council Records No. 7, pages 2^6-/.] 

[July 8, 1872.] No. 50. Message from the Mayor relative to 
the suit of the heirs of William Randall. (Presented July 8, 1872) 
Mayor's Office, 1 

City of Providence, July 8, 1872. ) 
Gentlemen of the City Council : 

Hon. Edward P. Knowles and the heirs of William Randall have 
certain suits against the city, now pending in the Court of Common 
Pleas, in which the title to a portion of the land of the north burial 
ground is in dispute. 

These cases, 1 am informed, can be amicably settled without serious 
loss to the city, and I therefore recommend that a committee be ap- 
pointed with full power to settle the above controversies. 

Thomas A, Doyte, Mayor. 
[ResolulioHS of tkc City Council No. ^O, l8y2.] 

[Angust 2, 1872.1 No. 101. Resolution relating to the Suits of 
the Heirs of William Randall. (Approved August 2, 1872.) 

Resolved, That Aldermen Sharpe, Snow and Sprague, with Messrs, 
Hayward, Paine, Place, W. Y. Potter and Carpenter, of the Common 
Council, are hereby appointed a commilte to confer with Edward P. 
Knowles and others, heirs of William Randall, in relation to certain 
suits now pending in the Court of Common Pleas for the County of 
Providence, between them and the City of Providence and ascertain 
upon what terms settlement thereof can be made, and report the same 
to the City Council, 
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[Novem1>er 35, 1872.] No, 297. Resolution accepting Gift of 
Kosanna Carpenter to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved, 
November 25, 1872.) 

Resolved, That the gift of James M. Cross, administrator of the 
estate of Rosanna Carpenter, deceased of the sum of three hundred 
dollars, to the Commissioners of the North Burying Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied, under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot of said 
Rosanna (Carpenter, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
by the City Council. 
[Rtrsoliitions of the City Council No. 2g^, lS/2.] 

[January IS, 1873.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1872. see 
No. 366, Resolutions of 1872-3 (Ordered printed June 2, 1873 with 
Sup'ts report — Resolution No 17.) 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. j66, iS^J.] 

[January 29, 1873.] No. 384. Message from the Mayor in 
relation to the Bequest of John Grain, (presented January 29, 1873.) 
Mayor's Office, 1 

City of Providence, January 29, 1873. I 
Gentlemen of the City Council : 

1 have received notice from the executor of the will of John Crain, 
late of Pawtucket, deceased, that Mr. Crain, by his will, bequeathed the 
sum of two hundred dollars to this city, the interest thereon to be 
applied to keeping in order lot No. 32 in the North Burying Ground, 
standing in the name of Anthony Budlong. I recommend that the 
bequest be accepted by the City Council. 

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Pawtucket, January 23, 1873. 
To His Honor the Mayor of the City of Providence: 

Sir — John Grain, a citizen of this town, deceased in September last, 
leaving a will in which was the following bequest : 

"I give and bequeath to the Corporation of the City of Providence, 
Rhode Island, in trust, the sum of two hundred dollars (>200), the 
interest of the same, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to be 
applied to keeping the grounds of the burial lot No. 32, standing in the 
name of Anthony Budlong, and located in the North Burial Ground, in 
the City ot Providence ; and if the interest on said fund should exceed 
the sum necessary to keep the same in proper order, the excess shall be 
paid into the city treasury, for the use of said city." 

Will you please place this before the proper authorities for accept- 
ance, and upon due notice, I am prepared to pay over the same, as 
directed in and by said wilt. 

Respectfully yours, &c. 

Lewis Pearce, 
Executor of the Will of John Cram. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 384, fS/J.] 

[January 39, 1873.] No. 385. Resolution referring the same 
to the Joint Committee on the North Burying Ground. (Approved 
January 29, 1873.) 

Resolved, That the message of the Mayor in relation to the bequest 
of John Grain, of two hundred dollars to the city in trust, the income 
to be applied to the care of the lot of Anthony Budlong in the North 
Burying Ground be referred to the Joint Committee on the North Bury- 
ing Ground, to examine and report thereon. 
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[February 24, 1S73.] No. 411. Resolution accepting bequest 
of John Craiii. (Approved February 24, 1873.) 

Resolved, That the bequest of John Grain be and hereby is accepted, 
'n accordance with his will, dated September 1872 ; and the city treas- 
urer be and he is hereby authorized to receive from Lewis Pearce, 
executor of the will of John Grain, the amount named in said bequest, 
and apply the same to the object named in said will. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 411, J8yj.} 

[March 20, 1873.] No. 470. Report of Special Gommittee upon 
the suits of Edward P. Knowles and others, heirs of William Randall 
in relation to the North Burying Ground. (Presented March 20, 
'873.) 
To the Honorable the Gity Gouncil of the City of Providence 

The undersigned, who by resolution No. loi, approved August 2, 
1872, were appointed a committee to confer with Edward P. Knowles 
and others, heirs of William Randall, in relation to certain suits now 
pending in the Court of Common Pleas for the county of Providence 
between them and the city of Providence, and ascertain upon what 
terms settlement thereof can be made, and report the same to the Gity 
Council, have considered the matters referred to them, and respectfully 
submit the following report : 

The suits now pending are as follows : 

First. A suit in which Lucius Miner and Wife and others, heirs of 
William Randall, are the plaintiffs, and the city is defendant. This is 
an appeal from the order of the Board of Aldermen, declaring that a 
portion of Sexton street had ceased to be useful to the public as a high- 
way. 

Second. A suit between the same parties, being an appeal from the 
order and decree of the Board of Aldermen in relaying said Sexton 
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Third. A suit brought by the same parties against Nathan Smalley, 
Superintendent of the North Burying Ground, to determine the title to 
that portion of said burying ground purchased by the city of John 
Carter Brown. The attention of the City Council was called to this 
claim of the said heirs by the Mayor in a message under date of 
November 26, 1868. 

The heirs of William Randall also claim to have been aggrieved by 
the report of the committee on claims made to the City Council Novem- 
ber 28, 1868, upon the petition of said heirs and William Corliss and 
Jacob Symonds, in reference to the sale of the Randall farm to the city. 
This matter is not in terms embraced in any of the suits before named, 
but is incidentally comiected with the suit against Mr. Sfnalley, as 
affecting the title to the land in the burying ground. 

The committee have afforded every opportunity to the parties 
claiming to be aggrieved, to be heard in the matter, and find that the 
committee on claims prepared a report upon the matter referred to in 
said petition, a copy of which marked "A," is hereto annexed. 

This draft of a report was agreed to by Mr. Knowles and the com- 
mittee, as a substantially correct statement of the facts referred to in 
said petition, but was not presented to the City Council, but another 
report was made which was not satisfactory to the petitioners, and which 
the petitioners claim they never saw or heard of until it was presented 
to the City Council. 

The committee therefore recommend that the accompanying paper 
marked "A," be adopted by the City Council as a correct statement of 
the facts therein referred to. 

In reference to the suit against Mr. Smalley brought to determine 
the title to that part of the North Burying Ground estate purchased of 
John Carter Brown, in 1866, the committee find the following to be the 
facts. 

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Hopkins lot on the south, the original location of Sexton street on the 
west, and a line in continuation of the line of North street, (formerly 
Harrington's lane) on the north, is claimed by the heirs of William 
Randall under the old proprietor's title. There is great difficulty at 
this time, in accurately determining the exact location of what was 
known as the country road. In the only suit in which any attempt 
was made to fix the location of this road with certainty, the decision 
was adverse to the claim of the city. The position of this highway is 
of great importance, as in the vote of the town and the proprietors in 
r700 defining the limits of the burying ground, the eastern boundary 
is described as the highway. If this highway was Sexton street, as is 
claimed by the Randall heirs, the land in question is outside of the 
original limits of the burying ground. If it was where North Main 
street now is, the burying ground extended to it. 

It is further to be stated, that it is proposed by the Randall heirs, 
in case they maintain their claim to this land, to give it to the city for 
a public square or park, in accordance with the wishes of Edward Ran- 
dall, the brother of William Randall, as expressed in a power of attorney 
given by him to John Whipple in 1848, as appears by the Mayor's mes- 
sage before referred to. 

It is also to be remembered, that the authorities of North Provi- 
dence have ordered the widening of the Paivtucket turnpike to the 
width of ninety-nine feet, from the old toll gate to the city line, and if 
the city should in connection with North Providence, extend this widen- 
ing from the North Providence line to Branch avenue, a great public 
improvement would be made at a very inconsiderable cost. 

The committee are of the opinion that it would not be wise, under 
any circumstances, to permit any portion of the land to which the title 
is in open dispute to be sold or used for burial purposes, nor do they 
think it would be wise to permit burials upon this land, in any event, 
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If this tract of land adjoining the turnpike and containing about six 
acres, should be made a public square, and North Main street widened 
to the width of ninety-nine feet and all litigation concerning the title to 
this ancient burying ground be amicably terminated, the public interest, 
in the opinion of your committee, would be greatly promoted. 

The committee would further add that, in their judgment, Edward 
P. Knowles and the Randall heirs have acted in entire good faith in 
their dealings with the city in reference to the suits in question and 
the other controversies relating to the North Burying Ground. 

The committee therefore recommend that the necessary steps be 
taken forthwith, for the widening of North Main street to the width of 
ninety-nine feet, from the North Providence line to Branch avenue, as 
shown upon the accompanying plat. 

They also recommend that interments be prohibited upon that por- 
tion of the North Burying Ground estate lying east of the easterly line 
of Sexton street as originally laid out, and that all that portion of said 
estate between the present easterly line of burial lots and North Main 
street, be dedicated to the public as and for a public square. 

They also recommend that the city pay the costs incurred by the 
Randall heirs in the aforesaid suits, provided that said lieirs and said 
Edward P. Knowles shall discontinue all said suits and relinquish all 
claim to said lands. 

The committee respectfully submit the accompanying resolutions to 
carry their recommendations into effect. 

For the committee, 

Lucian Sharpe, Chairman. 

A 
DRAFT OF REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CLAIMS. 
The Committee on Claims, to whom was re-committed the petition 
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conveyance from the city to said Symonds and Corliss of a portion of 
the land purchased of the Randall heirs for burial purposes, respectfully 
report : — 

That something like an agreement or understanding existed between 
the agent of the city and Messrs. Symonds and Corliss, in accordance 
with which, if the city purchased the land at auction, a certain portion 
thereof should be conveyed to them in consideration that they would 
refrain from bidding thereon. 

It is not necessary to inquire into the power or authority of the said 
agent to enter into any such agreement or understanding, or the legal, 
equitable, or moral obligation of the city in the premises, because the 
contingency upon which the agreement or understanding with Messrs. 
Symonds and Corliss was based, never occurred. The city did not pur- 
chase the property at auction. The estate was purchased of the Randall 
heirs some days subsequent to the auction by a member of the com- 
mittee, who had been appointed for the purpose of negotiating with 
them in relation thereto in the first instance. 

At the time of purchase as aforesaid, said member of said committee 
did give said iieirs to understand, that if they would convey said property 
to the city without restrictions as to the purposes for which it should be 
used, a street or road would be laid out by or through a portion of said 
land, which would increase the value of other lands owned by said heirs. 
Whether said^ road or street was to be laid out by the city, or where or 
how it was to be constructed, does not definitely appear. The member 
of the committee who negotiated the purchase does, however, say that 
the understanding, at the time of the purchase, was such that if he had 
bought for himself instead of the city, he should think himself under an 
obligation to make such street or road as he gave said heirs to under- 
stand would be made. There is no evidence before the committee of 
any assent on the part of the city to any such understanding. The 
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not know, until after the purchase, of any condition or understanding of 
the matters herein referred to. 

The member of the committee who negotiated with the Randall 
heirs had no authority, express or implied, by which he could bind the 
city to lay out such a street or road as is herein referred to, or to make 
any conveyance to Symonds and Corliss, and any promise made or un- 
derstanding had with the Randall heirs, bound no one beyond the party 
who negotiated with them. 
[Resolutions of the City Coiituil No. 4J0, iSy^.] 

[March 28, 1873.] An Act Annexing a Portion of the Town of 

North Providence to the City of Providence. (Passed March 28, 1873 ; 

January session, page 174.) 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows: 

Section i. All that portion of the town of North Providence em- 
braced within the limits of the North Burying Ground and within the 
limits of the Swan Point Cemetery, is hereby set off from said town 
of North Providence and annexed to the city of Providence ; and the 
portion so set off and annexed is hereby declared to be within the limits 
and jurisdiction of the city of Providence for all purposes; and the 
inhabitants of the said portion so set off and annexed shall have and 
enjoy all the rights, privileges and immunities, and be subject to all the 
duties and liabilities, which the inhabitants of said city »f Providence 
have and enjoy and to which they are subject ; and said portion so set 
off and annexed shall be, until the next division of said city into wards, 
a portion of the first ward of said city. 

Sec. 2. The city of Providence shall be liable for the support of all 
persons who now do or shall hereafter stand in need of relief as paupers, 
whose settlement was gained by or derived from a settlement within 
the limits of the portion hereby set off and annexed. [Acts of General 
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[April 28, 1873.] No. 537. Resolution to transfer the bequest 
of John Grain, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 
28, i8;3.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer is hereby directed to pay to the 
commissioners of the north burying ground the sum of two hundred 
dollars, the same being the amount bequeathed to the City of Provi- 
dence, by John Grain, late of Pawtucket, deceased : the said amount to 
be held by said commissioners in trust under and according to the pro- 
visions of the will of said John Grain, and chapter 367 of the statutes of 
this state. 
[Resolutions of the City Coutuil No. S37, ^873.^ 

[May 8, 1873.] For the annual report on the North Burial 
Ground fund for the year ending Apr. 30, 1873 see City Council records 
No. 7 page 472. 
[City Council Records No. 7, page 472.] 

[May 19, 1873.] No. 581. Resolution relating to suits of Lucius 
Miner and others. Heirs of William Randall. (Approved May 19, 
I873-) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer is hereby directed to pay the 
plaintiffs costs in the two cases of Lucius Miner and others against the 
City of Providence, and Lucius Miner and others against Nathan 
Smalley, now pending in the court of common pleas for the county of 
Providence whenever he shall receive from the city solicitor a certificate 
that said suits have been discontinued, and that said plaintiffs have re- 
leased to the city all claims to that portion of the North Burying 
Ground estate lying between North Main street and the easterly line of 
Sexton street as formerly laid out. 
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[July 8, 1873.] No. 79. Resolution accepting gift of William 
G. Dearth to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 8, 
1873) 

Resolved, That the gift of William G. Dearth of the sum of two 
hundred dollars to the Commissioners uf the North Burying Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws to the preservation and care of the burial lots of 
said William G. Dearth and of Abby T. Dearth, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted by the city council. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 79, /^/J.] 

[Dec«mb«r 11, 1873.] No. 344. Resolution accepting gift of 
the heirs of Joseph Tillinghast, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved December 11, 1873.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary T. Gladding, Elizabeth G. Chand- 
ler, and Amey Ann Arnold, heirs of Joseph Tillinghast, deceased, of the 
sum of one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the north burying 
ground, in trust the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot of said donors in said ground be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted by the city council and that the same be called the Joseph Til- 
linghast fund, 
[Resolutions of t lie City Council No. 344, iS^J?.] 

[May 4, 1874.] For the annual report on the North Burial 
Ground fund for the year ending Apr. 30, 1874 see City Council 
records No. 8. pages 171-2. 
[City Council Records No. 8, pages 1/1-2.] 

[8eptenil>er 29, 1874.] An Ordinance relating to the Joint Stand- 
ing Committees of the City Council (Approved Sept. 29, t874.) . 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
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Section i . There shall be annually appointed by the City Council 
immediately after the organization of the City government, the follow- 
ing joint standing Committees who shall hold their offices until the 
expiration of the current municipal year Viz : — « • • • . ^Iso a 
committee on the north burying ground ; ■ « " • each of which 
shall consist of three members of the common council and one alder- 
man ; * * • * 

(Number of councilmen changed from three to four, Oct. 6, 1883) 
{Ordinance Book No. 3, page 1 43. Ed. l8jS> Chapter XIII. Ed. l8Sj, 
Chapter VII f. Amended April I, l8y8, but part quoted not changed. 
Also amended February 4, iSSo.] 

[November 2, 1874.] No. 1054. Resolution transferring $2,000 
to the appropriation for the North Burying Ground. (Approved 
November 2, 1874.) 

Resolved, That the sum of two thousand dollars be and the same is 
hereby transferred from the reserve fund to the North Burial Ground 
improvement fund. 
[Resolutions 0/ the City Council No. lO§4, ^8^4.] 

[November 6, 1874.] James Eddy to City of Providence — $100 
-^Quitclaim. A lot in the North Burying Ground in the said City 
of Providence said lot is No. one hundred and seventy one (171) in. 
Group No. twelve (12) as numbered and designated in a Plat of said 
Burying Ground lots in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in said 
Providence Said lot being twenty feet long by twenty feet wide con- 
taining four hundred square feet situated on the east side of Main 
Avenue on which it measures twenty feet, 
[Deed Book No. 248, page 280.^ 

[November 9, 1874.1 Lewis H. Humphreys to City of Provi- 
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ground called the North Burying Ground in the City of Providence 
which lot is numbered one hundred and seventy in Group number 
twelve as numbered and designated in a Plat of said burying ground 
lots in the book of records of " Deeds of North Burying Ground Lots " 
in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in said Providence Said lot 
being twenty feet long and twenty feet wide containing four hundred 
square feet situated on the east side of Main Avenue on which it meas- 
ures twenty feet. 
[Deed Book No. 2^, page 281.] 

(Jannary 8, 1874.] For the annual report of the commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1873 see No. 
1099 Resolutions of 1873-4 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. logg, /8/4.] 

[December 23, 1874.] No. 1159. Resolution transferring J400 
to the North Burying Ground Improvement fund. (Approved Decem- 
ber 23, 1874.) 

Resolved, That the sum of four hundred dollars be and the same is 
hereby transferred from the reserved fund to the North Burial Ground 
Improvement. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 11^9, ^^74-] 

[January 4, 1875.] Ordinances of 1875. (In effect January 4.) 
Chapter VII. Burial Grounds. 

Section 1. The north burial ground estate, as the same now is or 
hereafter may be constituted by any purchases, to be made by the city 
of Providence or other parties, or any donations for and on behalf 
thereof, and the Hopkins burial ground, being the lot of land conveyed 
to the town of North Providence by Admiral Ezek Hopkins, by deed 
recorded in the record of deeds in said town in book of deeds 2, page 
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of the north burial ground and of the superintendent of the north burial 
ground; and said superintendent shall give his personal care, services 
and attendance to the protection, maintenance, improvement and proper 
use of the grounds within said estates, and to maintaining and enforcing 
all ordinances and regulations applicable thereto under the direction of 
said commissioners. 

Sect. 2. The said commissioners shall exercise a general super- 
vision over said burial grounds, see that all ordinances, regulations and 
resolutions of the city council in relation thereto are duly enforced, and 
do all acts necessary and proper for the improvement and protection of 
the grounds, avenues and fences thereof. Said commissioners shall 
annually, in the month of January make a report to the city council of 
the condition of said burial grounds, which report shall contain an ac- 
curate detailed account of all moneys expended by said commissioners, 
in pursuance of the authority given by this chapter, and the general 
purposes of such expenditure ; and also such other information as said 
commissioners shall deem expedient. 

Sect. 3. The said commissioners are authorized to purchase such 
horses, cattle, carts and other vehicles, and all such tools and imple- 
ments as may be necessary for the proper care and management of said 
burial grounds; and all such property, so purchased, shall belong to the 
city of Providence. The said commissioners are also authorized to 
employ such workmen as they may deem necessary in laying out and 
caring for said burial grounds, and in keeping the lots, fences, monu- 
ments and avenues therein in proper order, and in doing such new work 
as they may contract to perform. 

Sect. 4. All rents collected from said burial grounds, all fees or 
rewards of any kind derived therefrom, paid to the superintendent of 
said burial grounds, or to any other person, and all income of whatever 
description, derived from said burial grounds, shall be paid to the city 
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from the sale of lots in said burial grounds shall constitute the north 
burial ground improvement fund. 

Sect. S- Said commissioners are authorized to expend not exceed- 
ing three fourths q| said fund in any one year, in the payment of salaries 
and in the improvement and protection of the grounds, avenues and 
fences of said burial grounds, and the city treasurer is hereby directed 
to pay the same, from time to time, upon the order of said commis- 
sioners ; and the balance of said fund not so expended in any one year 
is hereby appropriated as a sinking fund for the extinguishment of any 
indebtedness of the city already contracted or which may hereafter be 
contracted, principal or interest, on account, of the purchase of land for 
said burial grounds. 

Sect. 6. The said commissioners are authorized to appoint one of 
their own number treasurer, who shall keep all books and accounts, 
which it may be necessary for said commissioners to have kept, relating 
to said burial grounds, draw all drafts upon the city treasurer for all 
moneys over which said commissioners have the control, and make up 
and render all reports required to be made and rendered by said com- 
missioners. The said treasurer shall receive an annual salary of three 
hundred dollars, payable quarterly from said north burial ground im- 
provement fund. 

Sect. 7. The superintendent of the north burial ground shall be 
appointed by the commissioners of the north burial ground, and shall 
hold his office during the pleasure of said commissioners. He shall per- 
form such duties, in addition to those prescribed by the ordinances of 
the city, as said commissioners shall require, and shall receive such 
salary as said commissioners shall determine, not exceeding fifteen hun- 
dred dollars per annum, payable quarterly, from the said north burial 
ground improvement fund, in addition to house and garden rent. 

Sect. 8. The superintendent shall keep a record, in a book to be 
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the said burial grounds, stating the name, residence, occupation, age, the 
date, and, as near as may be, the place of interment, of each person 
buried, with any other circumstances which said commissioners shall 
direct. . 

Sect. 9. The superintendent under the direction of said commis- 
sioners, shall keep the fences around the said burial grounds in proper 
repair, and the gates thereof locked ; he shall report to the chief of 
police every violation of this chapter, as soon as may be, that the same 
may be prosecuted ; and he shall act in conformity with the directions 
of said commissioners in all cases not otherwise specially provided for. 

Sect. 10. The superintendent shall receive the fees for digging all 
graves dug in the said burial grounds, being the sum usually charged for 
such service; and also the sum of one dollar for assisting in selecting 
and for marking out and granting a certificate for a deed of each lot in 
said burial grounds, — said fees to be paid by the parties for whom the 
service is rendered, and also the sum of twenty-five cents for every 
other certificate which he may give in his official capacity, and shall pay 
on the first Monday of each month all such fees into the city treasury. 

Sect. II. The superintendent shall keep an exact account of all 
fees received by him in pursuance of the provisions of this chapter, and 
shall on the first Monday of each month transmit a copy of the same to 
the city treasurer and to the treasurer of the commissioners of the north 
burial ground. 

Sect. (2, No person shall take up, hold or own any lot within said 
burial grounds, except for the purpose of using the same in good faith 
for a burying lot ; nor shall transfer or sale of any lot therein be made 
without leave first had and obtained in writing from said commissioners. 

Sect. 13. No person shall remove any stake, post, bound or fence 
placed around, within or upon said grounds under the direction or per- 
mission of said commissioners or of the superintendent, nor mutilate, 
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intended for protection, iinpro\'ement or ornament placed therein nor 
commit any trespass or injury within or upon said ground or an)' part 
thereof. 

Sect. 14. No person shall erect or build any vault or tomb within 
the limits of said burial grounds, nor inclose any part or portion thereof, 
without leave first had and obtained from said commissioners which 
leave shall be first certified by said commissioners to the superintendent 
of said ground. 

Sect. 15. No grave shall be dug nor any body buried in or upon 
any avenue, path or passage-way in the said burial grounds ; and any 
body so buried shall be removed by the superintendent or by said com- 
missioners, at the expense of the person or persons burying or procur- 
ing the same to be buried. 

Sect. 16. No grave shall be dug, nor any body buried within said 
burial groimds, excepting in and upon lots of proprietors, unless the 
place of such grave or burial be located under the direction of said 
superintendent or of said commissioners. 

Sect. 17. Any person who shall dig or commence or attempt to 
dig any grave in said burial grounds, except by authority of the super- 
intendent, shall pay a fine of five dollars for each offence. 

Sect. 18. Ail graves within the north burial ground estate, includ- 
ing those within proprietors grounds shall be dug by the superintendent 
or his agents, except those for the poor from the Dexter Asylum, 
which shall be done at the e.iipense and by the agents of the asylum, in 
that part of the ground appropriated for that purpose. 

Sect. 19. Every person who shall violate any of the provisions of 
this chapter, except those contained in the seventeenth section thereof, 
shall pay to the use of the city a fine of not less than ten nor more than 
twenty dollars; and shall be personally liable in addition for any dam- 
age or injury done by him as a consequence of such violation to the 
said burial grounds or any of the lots therein or the appurtenances 
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Chapter XIII. Committees of the City Council. 

Section i. There shall be annually appointed by the city council, 
immediately after the organization of the city government the following 
joint standing committees, who shall hold their offices until the expira- 
tion of the current municipal year, viz.: a committee on finance; a 
committee on highways ; a committee on education ; a committee on fire 
department ; a committee on city property ; a committee on police ; a 
committee on ordinances; a committee on claims; a committee on 
printing; a committee on parks, each of which committees shall con- 
sist of four members of the common council and one alderman ; also a 
committee on the north burial ground ; a committee on the harbor ; a 
committee on railroads ; a committee on sewers ; a committee on lamps, 
each of which shall consist of three members of the common council 
and one alderman ; a committee on water, to consist of four members 
of the common council and two aldermen ; also a committee on the city 
debt, which shall consist of the mayor, the president of the board of 
aldermen, the president of the common council, the chairman of the 
joint standing committee on finance, and one member of the common 
council, to be appointed by the president thereof ; and a committee on 
the city engineer's department, to consist of the mayor, the president of 
the board of aldermen, the president of the common council, the chair- 
man of the joint standing committee on highways and sewers, and one 
member of the common council, to be appointed by the president 
thereof. 

Sect. 2. Joint committees whether standing or special shall have 
power to elect their own chairman, and in default of such election, the 
member first named on a committee shall be chairman thereof, and in 
case of his resignation or inability, the other «iembers, in the order in 
which they are named, shall act as chairman. 

Sect. 3. Joint standing committees shall cause a record of their 
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purpose, and no report shall be received unless agreed to in committee 
actually assembled. 

Sect. 4. Every joint committee to whom any subject shall have 
been referred shall report thereon within four weeks, to the branch 
making such reference, or shall ask for further time. 

Sect. 5. All reports and other papers submitted to the council 
shall be written in a fair hand, ana on separate sheets of paper, and shall 
be suitably endorsed by the member presenting the same ; and no other 
indorsement or report of any kind shall be made on the reports, me- 
morials or other papers which may be referred to any joint committee, 
except such as may be made by the clerk of either board of the city 
council. AH reports shall be signed by the writer thereof, unless other- 
wise ordered by the committee. 

Sect. 6. No chairman of any joint committee shall audit or ap- 
prove any bill or account against the city for services or supplies unless 
the same shall have been ordered by the committee, nor shall he 
approve any bill or account except by vote of the committee. 

Sect. 7. There shall be elected annually in the month of June, by 
ballot in each branch of the city council, a joint committee on accounts, 
to consist of two on the part of the board of aldermen, and five on the 
part of the common council, whose duty it shall be to meet once a 
month and as much oftener as they may deem expedient- 



Chapter XIX. Fin: 

Sect. 4. No money shall be paid out of the city treasury, except in 
the cases provided in this chapter, unless the expenditures or the 
terms of the contract shall be vouched by the head of the department, 
and the chairman of the committee or commission under whose authority 
the same has been authorized and made, nor unless the same shall have 
been examined by the city auditor, approved by the committee on ac- 
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is necessary for money to be paid in advance for contracts made or for 
work begun but not completed, the mayor may, upon being satistied of 
such necessity, draw upon the city treasury for the amount thus required 
to be advanced, which draft shall be paid by the city treasurer provided 
the same shall be countersigned by the city auditor, and the city auditor 
shall countersign all such drafts to an amount not exceeding three hun- 
dred dollars in any one case, but the city auditor shall not countersign 
any such draft for any sum exceeding three hundred dollars without the 
direction of the committee on accounts. • • * * 

Sect. 36. All balances of money remaining in the treasury from 
general appropriations, and all taxes unpaid at the end of any financial 
year; all receipts in money on account of the sale of real estate or 
buildings of any description now belonging or which may hereafter 
belong to the city, excepting the real estate now or hereafter belonging 
to the North burial ground or Roger Williams park ; all receipts on 
account of the principal sum of any bond or note now owned or which 
may hereafter be. owned by the city, shall be and the same are hereby 
appropriated to the payment or purchase of the city debt, and the city 
auditor shall annually pass to the credit of the committee on the city 
debt all receipts in money, the proceeds of either of the sources before 
mentioned ; and the same so passed to the credit of said committee 
shall be drawn from the treasury of the city for the payment or pur- 
chase of the city debt, in the same manner as other money is drawn, 
and in no other mode, and for no other purpose whatever. 

Sect. 37. The committee on the city debt are hereby authorized to 
lend, on interest, to the city treasurer any amount so passed to their 
credit as aforesaid which may not be immediately wanted for the pur- 
chase or redemption of said debt. 

Chapter XXXVI. Officers of the City and their Duties. 

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officers sha)) be annually elected by the city council, in addition to those 
specially designated by the city charter, to wit • ■ • 

Sect. 2. In addition to the officers named in the first section of 
this chapter, the city council shall elect annually in convention the fol- 
lowing officers to wit " * • three commissioners of the north 
burial ground ; • • • 

Sect. 4. All the officers named in this chapter, before entering 
upon the duties of their respective offices, shall be severally sworn or 
affirmed in the form and manner provided by the laws of this state for 
town officers. 

Chapter XLVII. Registration of Deaths. 

Section i. There shall be appointed by the city council a sufficient 
number of persons to act us undertakers removable at the pleasure of 
the city council. 

Sect. 2. Whenever any person shall die in the city the physician 
attending in his* or her last sickness shall furnish to the undertaker 
attending the funeral, or to the city registrar, a certificate, giving the 
name of the person, date of death, and the disease or cause of his or her 
death. 

Sect. 3. No person shall bury, or place in a tomb or remove from 
the city, or otherwise dispose of the body of any human being who shall 
die in the city, without -first reporting the death to the city registrar, 
and obtaining a permit from him. 

Sect. 4. No permit shall be given as provided in section three, 
until the city registrar is furnished with the information in relation to 
the deceased person, required by the laws of the state, for record, so far 
as the same can be ascertained, together with the physician's certificate 
of the cause of death, whenever a physician has been in attendance, or 
a coroner's certificate, whenever a coroner's inquest has been held. 

Whenever a permit for burial is applied for, in a case of death with- 
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physician's certificate, the city registrar shall investigate the case so far 
as may be necessary, and when he has obtained satisfactory evidence in 
relation to the cause and circumstances of the death, he shall sign the 
certificate and give the required permit. If not satisfied in relation to 
the cause and circumstances of the death, or if, in his opinion, the 
public good requires it, he shall report the case to a coroner for inves- 
tigation. 

Sect. 5- Whenever the body of a human being who has died out of 
the city shall be brought here for burial, the undertaker, or other person 
attending the funeral, shall furnish the report required in sections three 
and four, with the exception of the physician's certificate. 

Sect. 6. All funerals shall take place between sunrise and sunset, 
unless otherwise permitted or directed by the board of health. The top 
of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least three feet below 
the usual surface thereof. 

Sect. 7. The city registrar shall cause an abstract of the returns of 
death made to him to be published in ail the newspapers which contract 
to do the city printing, monthly, and oftener if required by the board of 
health. He shall also, on or before the first day of April, annually, 
prepare and present to the city council a statement of the number of 
births, marriages and deaths which occurred in the city during the year 
ending with the thirty first day of December next preceding with such 
other information and suggestions in relation thereto as he may deem 
useful for the promotion of the public health, and other interests of the 
city. 

Sect. 8. No undertaker or other person shall bury or cause to be 
buried the body of any deceased person in the city, except in such 
grounds as are or may be designated as burying grounds, and authorized 
to be used as such. 

Sect. 9. Every person violating any provision of this chapter shall 
pay a fine of not less than five nor more than twenty dollars for each 
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Chapter LIX. Of the Repeal of Prior Ordinances. 

Section 1. The provisions contained in this and the preceding 
chapters of this ordinance shall take effect and go into operation on and 
after the first Monday in January in the year eighteen hundred and 
seventy live, unless otherwise in said ordinance expressly provided. 

Sect. 2. The repeal of the ordinances hereinafter enumerated shall 
not affect any act done, or any right accruing or accrued, or acquired or 
established, or remedy for any injury thereto, or any suit or proceeding 
had or commenc*^ in any civil case before the time when said repeal 
shall take effect. 

Sect. 3. No offence committed, and no penalty, fine or forfeiture 
incurred under any of the ordinances hereby repealed, and before the 
time when such repeal shall take effect, shall be affected by the repeal 
and no suit or prosecution pending at the time of said repeal for any 
offence committed, or for the recovery of any fine or penalty or forfeiture 
incurred under any of the ordinances hereby repealed, shall be affected 
by such repeal, except that the proceedings in such suit or prosecution 
shall be conformed when necessary t"o the provisions of this ordinance. 

Sect. 4. All persons who at the time when said repeal shall take 
effect, shall hold any office under any of the ordinances hereby repealed, 
shall continue to hold the same under the tenure thereof, except those 
offices which have been abolished and those as to which a different pro- 
vision shall have been made by this ordinance. 

Sect. 5. No ordinance which has heretofore been repealed shall be 
revived by the repeal contained in this chapter of the ordinances hereby 
repealed. 

Sect. 6. All the ordinances hereinafter mentioned described and 
contained in the revision of the city ordinances of the year eighteen 
hundred and fifty-four are hereby repealed, subject to the provisions 
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"An ordinance establishing the ordinances of the city of Providence, 
prescribing thtf time when they shall take effect and the manner of pub- 
lishing the same." 

"An ordinance in relation to the ordinances of the city of Provi- 
dence." 

"An ordinance designating the officers to be appointed annually by 
the city council in addition to those specially designated and required 
to be appointed by the city charter." 

"An ordinance in relation to the interment of the dead." 

"An ordinance in relation to the north burying ground." 

Sect. 7. All the ordinances hereinafter mentioned described and 
entitled and passed since the publication of the city ordinances in the 
year eighteen hundred and fifty-four, are hereby repealed, subject to the 
provisions contained in this chapter, that is to say : — 
* • ♦ • 

"An ordinance in amendment of an ordinance, entitled 'An ordi- 
nance in relation to the north burying ground,' " passed November 1856. 

"An ordinance in relation to the registration of deaths and the inter- 
ment of the dead," passed August 1864. 

"An ordinance in amendment of an ordinance, entill.ed 'An ordi- 
nance in relation to the north burying ground,'" passed July 1871. 

Rules and Regulations of the Board of Aldermen. Chapter i. 
Burials. 

I. All burials or entombments of the bodies of deceased persons in 
any burial ground within the limits of the city, except in Grace Church 
Cemetery, Locust Grove Cemetery, Swan Point Cemetery, the Hebrew 
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2, All entombments of the bodies of deceased persons except in 
the North burial ground and Swan Point Cemetery are hereby pro- 
hibited i provided, that entombments may be made in Grace Church 
Cemetery, between the first day of April and the first day of November, 
upon condition that such bodies be removed from the tombs in which 
they are placed within forty-eight hours after their deposit therein ; and 
between the first day of November and the first day of April, on'con- 
dition that such bodies be removed from such tombs on or before the 
twentieth day of April ensuing. 

3. Every person violating any of the provisions of the two next 
preceding rules shall, for each offence, pay a fine of not less than ten 
nor more than twenty dollars, or be imprisoned not less than ten nor 
more than sixty days. 

[Ordinaiues of the City of Providetue, Ed. l8j5. City Clerk's Office, 
Providence. \ 

[Janaary 35, 1875.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending ^gc. 31, 1874 see City 
Council records No. 8 page 351. Ordered printed Jan, 4, 1875, with 
Sup'ts report. Resolution No. 11. 

\City Council Records No. 8,page^$I.\ 

[AprU 12, 1875.] No. 187. Report of the Joint Committee on 
the North Burying Ground. (Presented April 12, 1875.) 
To The Honorable The City Council. 

The standing committee on the North Burial ground, to whose 
attention the matters connected with the management of the North 
Burial ground were brought by the tenth inaugural address of his honor 
the mayor, respectfully present the following as a preliminary report. 
Your committee have held several prolonged meetings at which the 
commissioners of the North Burial ground were present and presented 
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statements made by the commissioners, have arrived at the following 
conclusions unanimously. 

First. That between the years r85i and 1871 the receipts from 
the North Burial ground, derived from the sales of lots, from rents and 
from fees amounted to about (13,127.66 more than the expenditures. 

Second, That since the passage in 1871, of the ordinance requir- 
ing the commissioners of the North Burial ground, to pay into the city 
treasury, twenty-five per cent-pf the gross receipts from the grounds, it 
has been not only impossible to make improvements, but impossible 
even to keep the avenues and grounds in good repair and condition. 

Third, That to day, the commissioners are in debt to the city 
treasurer, $323.45 and have no means wherewith to grade and put into 
marketable condition the larger tracts of land in their possession which 
may be made available for burial purposes, and are consequently unable 
to meet the demands of persons constantly applying to them for burial 
lots ; that the receiving tomb contains upwards of three hundred bodies 
which must be removed and buried during the month of May, the 
greater part of which must be removed and buried at the expense of the 
grounds, unless some provision for such removal and burial is made by 
the city, and that the cost of such removal and burial will amount to 
one thousand dollars. 

Fourth, That about eight acres of the newly purchased land lately 
added to the North Burial ground, is swamp land, and in its present 
condition is entirely unfitted for burial purposes ; that to be rendered 
available it must first be filled in ; that the highway department have a 
sand hill near the grounds useless to them, the sand from which would 
materially aid- in filling in certain portions of this swamp land ; that 
your committee are informed by his honor the mayor that the highway 
department will give the commissioners this sand for the purpose of 
filling in their grounds, but your committee represent that the ctmirais- 
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the highway department have also several thousand loads of loam which 
they offer to the commissioners if they will remove the same, and 
although the loam is absolutely necessary for the grounds, and must 
soon be obtained elsewhere at the rate of from one dollar and fifty cents 
to two dollars per load, yet from tack of means to remove the same to 
their grounds, the commissioners are unable to avail themselves of so 
advantageous an opportunity to benefit the grounds unless this honor 
able body sees fit to come to their assistance. 

Fifth. That although the commissioners have about one hundred 
and fifty thousand dollars worth of lots, which when graded, could be 
sold in the course of time, and although applications are daily being 
made for lots by persons desirous to purchase, yet from lack of means 
to grade and improve these lots for market, not a sale can be made 
All work has stopped, and the principal source of income to the grounds 
has ceased to be longer fruitful. 

Sixth. That the commissioners who have labored gratuitously for 
the benefit of the city for the past twenty years, will find it impossible 
to carry on the grounds under the provision of the ordinance of 1871, 
requiring them to pay over to the city twenty five per cent, of the gross 
receipts from the grounds ; that their services in the future will be 
worse than useless, and that an abandonment of the grounds and of all 
hope of any reimbursement for what the city has already expended on 
the grounds must be contemplated as a certain result, unless some 
appropriation for the immediate use of the commissioners is made, and 
an amendment to the ordinance of i&yt soon be brought to the atten- 
tion of this honorable body by your committee, is favorably considered. 

Therefore your committee recommend the passage of the accom- 
panying resolution. 

For the committee, 

Edward C. Ames, Chairman. 
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[April 15, 187S.] No. i88. Resolution transferring $3000 to 
the appropriation for the North Burying Ground. (Approved April 
■5. 187s) 

Resolved, That the sum of three thousand dollars be, and the same 
is hereby transferred from the reserve fund to the North Burial Ground 
improvement fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 188, iSyS-] 

[April 15, 1875.] No. 190, Resolution accepting gift of Mary 
Jane Sheldon, to North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April rj, 
1875.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary Jane Sheldon, of four shares of 
stock in the Providence & Worcester Railroad Company, to the com- 
missioners of the north burying ground, in trust, the income thereof to 
be applied under the provisions of chapter 367, of the public laws, to 
the preservation and care of the lot standing in the name of William 
Sheldon, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted by the 
city council under the name of the William Sheldon fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. igo, l8jS-] 

[April 27, 1875.1 Chapter LXV. 

An ordinance in amendment of chaiiter VII entitled " Burial 
Grounds" in the ordinance entitled "An ordinance comprising the 
ordinances of the city of Providence" (Approved April 27, 1875) 

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as 
follows 

Section r. Section four of cha[>ter seven of the ordinances of the 
city of Providence is hereby amended so as to read as follows : 

Sec. 4. All rents collected from said burial grounds all fees or 
rewards of any kind derived therefrom, paid to the superintendent of 
said burial ground or to any other person, and all income of whatever 
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treasurer of the city of Providence and together with the sums received 
from the sale of lots in said burial ground less five cents per square foot 
for every square foot of land sold in said burial ground shall constitute 
the north burial ground improvemenf fund. Said five cents per square 
foot not going to constitute the said north burial ground improvement 
fund, is hereby appropriated as a sinking fund for the extinguishment 
of any indebtedness of the city already contracted, or which may here- 
after be contracted, principal or interest on account of the purchase of 
land for said burial grounds. 

Sec. 2. Section five of chapter seven of the ordinances of the city 
of Providence is hereby amended so as to read as follows. 

Sec. 5. Said Commissioners are authorized to expend said north 
burial ground improvement funds each year in the payment of salaries 
and in the improvement and protection of the grounds, avenues and 
fences of said burial grounds ; and the city treasurer is hereby directed 
to pay the same from time to time upon the order of said Commis- 
sioners. 

A true copy witness 

Samuel W. Brown. 
City Clerk. 
[Ordinance Book No. J, page igs. City Clerk's Office.'] 

[May 6, 1875.] For the annual report on the North Burial 
Ground fund for the year ending April 30, 1875 see Resolution No. 
245 Presented May 6 1875. 
\Resolutiom of the City Council No. 24^, l8y$.\ 

[August 2, 1875.] No. 422. Resolution prohibiting Interments 
in a portion of the North Burying Ground. (Approved August 2, 
I87S-) 

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that portion of the North Burying Ground estate, lying east of the east- 
erly line of Sexton street, as originally laid out. 
[^Resolutions of the City Council No. 422, iS^S-] 

[Aognst 10, 1876.1 ^O- 47^- Resolution appointing a Joint 
Special Committee to settle with heirs of Edward Randall. (Approved 
August 10, 1875.) 

Resolved, That Messrs, Spencer, Pegram, A. J. Barnaby Johnson 
and Paine, of the common council, with Messrs Eaton and Metcalf, of 
the board of aldermen, are hereby appointed a committee, with full 
powers to finally settle and adjust all matters in controversy, between 
the city of Providence and the heirs of Edward Randall, relative to the 
title to the tract of land lying between Sexton street and the Pawtucket 
turnpike, claimed respectively by said city of Providence and said Ran- 
dall heirs. 
[Resolutions of Ike City Council No. ^I, /S/S-] 

[September 6, 1875.] No. 499. Resolution accepting Bequest 
of Mary Goodacre to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved, Sep- 
tember 6, 1875.) 

Resolved, That the bequest of Mary Goodacre of the sum of one 
hundred dollars, in accordance with her will dated September 29, 1873, 
be hereby accepted by the city council. 

Resolved, That the city treasurer is hereby authorized to receive 
from the estate of Mary Goodacre, tiie said sum of one hundred dollar;, 
and directed to transfer the same to the commissioners of the north 
burying ground in trust, for the purpose named in said will : said com- 
missioners acting as trustees in the place and stead of the city of Provi- 
dence, and under the provisions of chapter 367 of the statutes of the 
state. 
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[November 4, 1875.] No. 6tJ8. Resolution accepting gift of 
Gardner B. Pettis, to the North Burying Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 4, 1875.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Gardner M. Burgess and Thomas M. 
Rounds, executors of the last will of Gardner B, Pettis, late of John- 
ston, deceased, of the sum of two hundred dollars to the commissioners 
of the north burying ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial lot of Gardner B. Pettis and Harriet A. 
Pettis, in said ground, is hereby accepted by the city council, and that 
the same be called the Gardiner B. Pettis fund. 
\ResolutioHs of the City CohhcU No. 6S8, fS/S-] 

[November 4, 1875.] No. 689. Resolution accepting gift of the 
heirs of Daniel Pettey, to the North Burying Ground Fund. (Approved 

November 4, 1875.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Gardner M. Burgess and Thomas M. 
Rounds, executors of the last will of Gardner B. Pettis, late of John- 
ston, deceased, of the sum of one hundred dollars to the commissioners 
of the north burying ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367, of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial lot of the heirs of Daniel Pettey, in said 
ground, is hereby accepted by the city council, and that the same be 
called the Daniel Pettey fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coitttcil No. 68g, iS/S-] 

[December 2, 1875.] No. 718. Resolution transferring $5,000 
to the North Burying Ground fmprovement Fund, (Approved Decem- 
ber 2, 1875.) 

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hereLj n diisferred from the reserved fund to the north burying ground 
improvement account. 

(For report accompanying the above, see city document No. 46, on 
aie in City Clerk's Office.) 

[Resolutions of the City Council No. j8l, iSj^.] 

[December 13, 1875.] No. 745. Resolution accepting gift of 
Elizabeth E. Gardner, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December 13, 1875,) 

Resolved, That the bequest of Elizabeth E. Gardner of the sum of 
one hundred dollars, in accordance with her will, dated August 15, 1874, 
be hereby accepted by the city council. 

Resolved, That the city treasurer is hereby authorized to receive 
from the estate of Elizabeth E. Gardner, the said sum of one hundred 
dollars, and directed to transfer the same to the commissioners of the 
north burying ground, in trust, for the purposes named in said will : 
said commissioners acting as trustees in the place and stead of the city 
of Providence, and under the provisions of chapter 367, of the statutes 
of the state. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^45, iSy^.] i 

[Decmber 23, 1875.] No. 768. Message from the Mayor relat- 
ing to Insurance on buildings at the North Burial Ground. (Presented, 
December 23, 1875.) 

Mayor's Office, 
City of Providence, Dec. 23, 1875. 
Gentlemen of the City Council : — 

The buildings upon that portion of the north burial ground estate, 
known as the Corliss purchase, are insured for the sum of fifteen thou- 
sand dollars, the policies for which expire on the 29lh instant. 

There are no other buildings owned by the city that are insured 
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north burial ground deemed it inexpedient to renew the poli^yDfi £3f.nles 
instructed to do so by the city council It will be remembered that the 
notes given for the Corliss purchase do not mature until 18S0, and it 
may be deemed proper to keep the buildings insured until that time, 
and provide that in case of loss the insurance shall be paid to the board 
of commissioners of sinking funds, to be applied to the sinking fund for 
the burial ground. 

I recommend that action be at once taken in the matter without the 
delay which a reference to a committee would involve, in order that a 
decision may be arrived at prior to the expiration of the policies. 

Thomas A. Doyle, Mayor. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. y68, 187$.] 

[December 27, 187ff.] No. 769. Resolution for effecting Insur- 
ance on buildings at the North Burial Ground. (Approved December 
27, 1875.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the north burial ground are 
hereby instructed to cause the buildings in said ground, purchased of 
William Corliss, to be insured for the term of five years, for the sum 
of fifteen thousand dollars, with a proviso that in case of loss, said sum 
be paid to the commissioners of sinking funds. 
[Resolutions of the City Coutuil No. jbg, iSjS.] 

[January 27, 1876.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1875 see City 
Council records No. 9 page 79. Ordered printed Jan. 3, 1876, with 
Sup'ts report — Resolution No. 8. 
[City Council Records A'o. g, page yg.] 

[May 15, 1876.] For the annual report on the North Burial Ground 
fund for the year ending Apr. 30, 1876, see No. 303, Resolutions of 
1876, Approved May 19, 1876. 
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[October 19. 1870.] No. 6og. Resolution repealing No. 422, 
1875 prohibiting interments in North Burial Ground, (Approved 
October 19, 1)^76.) 

Resolved, That resolution number four hundred and twenty two, 
approved August 2, 1875, prohibiting interments in a certain portion of 
the north burying ground is hereby repealed. 
[Resolulions of the City Coumit No. 6op, {8/6.] 

[December 7, 1876.] No. 687. Report of Joint Committee on 
the North Burial Ground in relation to the suits of the Heirs of Edward 
Randall, and the claim of Edward P. Knowles. (Presented December 
7, 1876.) 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence: 

The committee on the north burial ground, to whom was referred 
the report of the joint special committee appointed to settle all difficul- 
ties between the city of Providence and the Randall heirs, relative to 
the title of a certain tract of land, located between the Pawtucket pike 
and Sexton street, and forming a part of the north burial ground, 
respectfully report : 

That they have carefully examined into the merits of the contro- 
versy, and recommend the purchase of Nathaniel S, Mowry and Alice 
Gannon and others, of their estates between North Main street and the 
north burial ground, for a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars, and 
that the same be taken into the north burial ground enclosure. 

The Randall heirs to quit claim to the city of Providence, all their 
right, title and interest to the land in controversy now in the north 
burial ground enclosure. 

That burials shall be forever prohibited in that portion of the north 
burial ground, bounded on North Main street, within one hundred and 
fifteen feet of said street as now located, and that the said portion of 
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be known as " Randall park," and be planted with trees and otherwise 
beautified as soon as convenient to the city of Providence. And it is 
understood that such part of Randall park as may hereafter be required 
to widen North Main street, shall be used for that purpose without ex- 
pense to the city of Providence. 

That Mr. Knowles be reimbursed for all expenses incurred in obtain- 
ing authority from the courts to sell the Randall farm, and also all suits 
now pending between the Randall heirs and the city of Providence, upon 
the submission to judgment of the said Randall heirs in all of said suits ; 
providing such sum shall not exceed one thousand dollars. 

In closing their report, your committee take great pleasure in bear- 
ing testimony to the liberality of the Randall heirs and their represen- 
tative before your committee Mr. Edward P. Knowles. 
For the Committee, 

Edward C, Ames, Chairman. 
Providence, Dec. 7, 1876. 
[Resolutions of tke City Council No. 68j, lS/6.] 

[December 11, 1870.] No. 6S8. Resolution to purchase land of 
Nathaniel S. Mowry and Alice Gannon and others, for the North Burial 
Ground. (Approved December 11, 1876.) 

Resolved, That the committee on the north burial ground is hereby 
authorized to purchase for the city of Providence, the estates of Na- 
thaniel S. Mowry, Alice Gannon and others, between North Main street 
and the north burial ground, for a sum not exceeding ten thousand dol- 
lars, and that the city treasurer be authorized and directed to pay for 
the same upon the receipt of a deed or deeds therefor, satisfactory to the 
city solicitor; and said treasurer is hereby authorized to hire said amount 
of money under the direction of the committee on finance. 
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[December 11, 1870.] No, 689. Resolution for the settlement 
of the suits of tiie Heirs of Edward Randal], and the claim of Edward 
P. Knowles in relation to the North Burial Ground. (Approved Decem- 
ber ir, 1876.) 

Resolved, That his honor the mayor is hereby authorized to make 
and execute a writing on the part of the city, with the Randall heirs, so 
called, to carry into effect the agreement made by the committee on 
north burial ground, in conformity with the statement thereof, as appears 
in the report of said committee, as made to the board of aldermen, 
December 7, 1876, whenever he shall receive from said Randall heirs, a 
quit-claim deed to the city of all their right, title and interest to the land 
in controversy in the north burial ground enclosure. 

And resolved further, thai Edward P. Knowles be reimbursed for 
all expenses incurred in obtaining authority from the courts to sell the 
Randall farm, and also all costs of suits now pending between the Ran- 
dall heirs and the city of Providence, upon the submission to judgment 
of said Randall heirs in all suits and proceedings between them and the 
city of Providence, its officers and agents 

Provided, however, such sum shall not exceed one thousand dollars : 
and the city treasurer is hereby authorized to pay the same upon the 
certificate of the city solicitor, that such submissions to judgment have 
been made : and said treasurer is hereby authorized to hire said amount 
of money under the direction of the committee on finance. 
{Resoliitiom of the City Council No. 68g, 1806.] 

[December 15, 1876.] Alice Gannon to City of Providence — 
$7000 — Quitclaim A certain lot of land situate on the westerly side 
of North Main street in said Providence. Said lot is bounded on the 
east by North Main street on the north by land now or formerly of the 
Randall heirs and on the west by the North Burial Ground (Sexton 
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the south by land of N. S. Mowry, Being the same lot conveyed to me 
by deed from William Morris dated March i6, A. D. 1852 recorded in 
the Recorder of Deeds office in the City of Providence in book No. 129 
at page 224 meaning and intending to convey all the real estate I own 
lying between the westerly side of North Main street and the North 
End Burial Ground. 
[Deed Book No. 2gi, page .Jj.] 

[December 83, 1876.] Nathaniel S. Mowry to City of Providence 
— S 3000.— Warranty That lot of land on the easterly side of North 
Main street in said Providence bounded and described as follows : East- 
erly on said street about 53 (fifty-three) feet Northerly on land now or 
formerly of John Gannon & wife 134 (one hundred thirty four) feet 
more or less. Westerly on Sexton street 69 (sixty-nine) feet more or 
less and southerly on a thirty foot street 1 38 (one hundred thirty eight) 
feet more or less Being a portion of the land conveyed to me by Henry 
Morris by deed on record in said Providence in deed book No. 159 page 
25 also all my right title and interest in and to the said thirty foot street 
lying southerly of the above described premises. 
\peed Book No. S^p, page 2pJ.] 

[February 1, 1877.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1876 see City 
Council records No. 9. page 342. 

Ordered printed Jan, i, 1877 with Sup'ts report Resolution No. 7, 
{Resolutions of the City Council Nos. J ^ 57, iSjJ.I 

(Ittarch 1, 1877.] No. 123. Resolutions appropriating $2000 to 
give Employment to the Poor, on work at the North Burial Ground. 
(Approved March i, 1877.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the north burial ground are 
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trtay deem expedient, certain poor persons that shall be recommended to 
them by the overseer of the poor or the committee on the north burial 
ground. 

Resolved, That the city treasurer be and he is hereby authorized to 
hire the sum of two thousand dollars, to carry the above resolution into 
effect. 
[Rcsolutiofis of the City Council No. 12^, /S//.] 

[March I, 1877.J Vashti W. Angell by gdn., et al to City of 
Providence — Ji.oo — Quitclaim All the right title interest property 
claim or demand which we or either of us or the said Vashti W. Angell 
or Edward R. Knowles now have or of right ought to have or claim in 
and to all that tract of land now wholly or in part included in the North 
Burying Ground in said Providence as enclosed by said City and 
bounded and described as follows, namely, Northerly on the William 
Randall farm so called now owned by said City, northeasteriy and east- 
erly on the Power Road and North Main street, southerly on the Gan- 
non estate recently purchased by said City and westerly on said burying 
ground as formerly enclosed and maintained. 
[Deed Book No. JI2, page 418.] 

[March 29, 1877.] No. 169. Resolution accepting gift of 
Thomas M. Knight, to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved 
March 29, 1877.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Thomas M. Knight, of the sum of one 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Thomas M. Knight, in said ground be and the 
■ same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of Thomas 
M. Knight fund. 
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[May 7, isi7.] For the annual report on the North Burial (jroiind 
fund for the year ending Apr 30, 1877 sec Nos. 254 & 255 Resolutions 
of 1877, Approved May 7, rS??. 
[Resohitiofis of the City Council Nos. S^^-J, iS//.] 

[June 14, 1877.1 No. 364. Resolution in relation to tenure of 
lots in North Burial Ground. (Presented June 14, 1877.) 

Resolved, That the joint standing committee on ordinances be and 
they hereby are instructed to ascertain and report to the city council, 
the tenure upon which the lots in north burial ground are now held, and 
to further recommend any action they may deem advisable in the 
premises. 
[Resolutions of t lie City Council No. 364, l8jy.] 

[July 1«, 1877.] No. 425. Resolution accepting gift of Robert 
Eccles to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 16, 1877.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Robert Eccles, of the sum of one hun. 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of 
chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial 
lot conveyed to the heirs of Caleb Chace, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted by the city council, and that the same be called 
the Robert Ecctes fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 425, iSjJ.] 

[September 24, 1877.1 No. 538. Resolution to set apart a lot 
in the North Burial Ground for the Home for Aged Men. (Passed 
Sept. 24, 1877-) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the north burying ground, and 
the joint standing committee of the city council on said ground, be and 
they are hereby requested to set apart for burial purposes, a lot of land 
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to be held by the society subject to the ordinances of the city council, 
and all future legislation in relation thereto, and report their doings to 
this council 
[Resolutwtis of the City Council No. 5^8, 18//. ] 

[Septeml>er 37, 1877.1 No, 572. Resolution accepting gift of 
Aaron S. Haven, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 27, 1877.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Aaron S. Haven, of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burying ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied, under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lots standing 
in the names of Aaron S. Haven and Julius P. Bullock in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted by the city council, and that the 
same be called the Haven and Bullock fund. 
[Resohitiofis of the City Couticil No. sy2, l8yy.'\ 

[October 2, 1877.] No. 580. Resolution accepting gift of John 
P. Knowles, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 2, 1877.) 

Resolved, That the gift of John P. Knowles, executor of the last 
will of Fanny Mason, of the city of Providence, deceased, of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the north burial 
ground in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367, of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot conveyed to Obadiah Mason, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted by the city council, and that the same be called the 
Obadiah Mason fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. 580, l8yy.'\ 

(November fl, 187T.] No. 641. Resolution accepting gift of 
Frederick Miller executor of the will of Jane Congdon, to the North 
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Resolved, That the gift of Frederick Miller, executor of the last will 
of Jane Congdon, of the city of Providence, deceased of the sum of fifty 
dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot conveyed to 
Frederick Miller, trustee for the heirs of Jane Congdon, in said ground 
be and the same is hereby accepted by the city council ; and that the 
same be called the Jane Congdon fund. 
[Ri-soliitwns of the City Coufici! No. 641, iSjy.] 

[January 7, 1878.1 ^*^- '3' Declination of Hon. Zachariah 
Allen, Commissioner of the North Burial Ground. (Presented January 

;, 1878.) 

Providence Jan. 7, 1878. 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence : — 

After a service of more than thirty years as commissioner of the 
north burial ground, I respectfully decline a re-election to this office, 
trusting that it will be filled by a more able successor. 
Very Respectfully, 

Zachariah Allen. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. /J, i8y8\ 

[January 7,1878.] No. 14. Resolution of Thanks to Hon. Z. 
Allen, Commissioner of the North Burial Ground. (Approved January 
7. 1878.) 

Resolved, That the thanks of the city council are hereby tendered 
to the Hon. Zachariah Allen, for his long continued and faithful services 
as commissioner of the north burial ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 1 4, lS~S.] 

[January 34-, 1878.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
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2g, Resolutions of 1878 approved Jan. 24, 1878. Ordered printed Jan. 
7, 1878 with Sup'ts report Resolution No. 7. 
[Resolutions of the City Council Nos. zg ^ 7, iSyS.] 

[Janoarr 24, 1878.] No. 38. Report of Special Committee to 
set apart a lot in the North Burial Ground for the Home for Aged Men. 
(Presented January 24 1878.) 

The commissioners of the north burial ground and the joint stand- 
ing committee on the north burial ground, who were directed by resolu- 
tion of the city council passed September 24th, (877, to lay out and 
designate a lot of land as a burying ground for the society called 
"Home for Aged Men," respectfully report, that they have attended to 
the duty assigned them, and have marked out a plat of ground, adjoin- 
ing on the south, the tomb lot of the late Governor Fenner : said lot 
containing thirty-three hundred and twenty square feet, more or less: 
and a plat of the same accompanies this report. 

Respectfully submitted for the Committee, 

Andrew Winsor, Chairman. 
Providence January 21, 1878. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 38, fS/S.] 

[February 4, 1878.] No. 67. The following resolution is read 
and passed. 

Resolved, That the joint committee on ordinances are hereby in- 
structed to inquire into, and report upon, the subject of the election of 
constables, commissioners of the north burial ground, and highway com- 
missioners ; and upon their tenure of office. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 6y, 1S7S.] 

[February 11,1878.] No. 77. Resolution to transfer the Prop- 
erty in the hands of the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground. 
(Approved February 11, 1878.) 

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hereby instructed to transfer all books, papers and property, in the 
hands of the late commissioners of the north burial groiind, to the newly 
elected commissioners, 

[ResolulioHs of the City Council No. jy, /SyS.] 

[Febraary 11, 1878.] No. 78. Resolution of thanks to William 
Earle, late Commissioner of the North Burial Ground. (Approved 
February 1 1, 1878.) 

Resolved, that the thanks of the city council be hereby tendered to 
William Earle Esq., commissioner of the north burial ground and treas- 
urer of the commission, for the services so many years rendered by 
him, and the unceasing interest he has taken in the welfare of the north 
burial ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Comtcil No. j8, 18/8.] 

[February 11,1878.1 No. 79. Resolution of thanks to Andrew 
Winsor late Commissioner of the North Burial Ground. (Approved 
February 11, 1878.) 

Resolved, that the thanks of the city council, be and they are 
hereby tendered to Andrew Winsor, Esq., for the able and efficient man- 
ner in which he has performed the duties of commissioner of the north 
burial ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. jg, lSj8.] 

[February It, 1878.] No. 81. Resignation of Andrew Winsor, 
Commissioner of the North Burial Ground. 

Providence, February 11, 1878. 
To the Honorable City Council : 

I hereby tender my resignation as commissioner of the north burial 
ground. 

Very respectfully yours, 

Andrew Winsor. 

Read, whereupon it is ordered that the same be accepted. 
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[February 11, 1878.] No. 82. Declination of William Earle, 
Commissioner of the North Burial Ground. 

Providence, February 11, 1878. 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence: 

Gentlemen : — I hereby decline a re-election to the office of com- 
missioner of the north burial ground for the ensuing year. 

The city council ".vill please appoint a committee to receive and 
receipt for the trust funds, which I hold as treasurer of the commis- 
sioners. 

Yours respectfully, 

William Earle. 
The following persons are elected Commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, Viz : 

Robert H. I. Goddard, Augustus Hoppin, 

Oren Westcott. 
[RiSoliilioHS of the Cily Comtcil No. 82, lSj8.] 

[Uarch 18, 1878-1 No. 141. Message from the Mayor with the 
declination of R. H. I. Goddard and Augustus Hoppin, Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground (Presented March iS, 187S.) 

Mayor's Office, City of Providence 
March 18, 1878. 
Gentlemen of the City Council : 

I regret to announce to you that Messrs. Robert H. I. Goddard and 
Augustus Hoppin, who were elected Commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, by the city council on the i ith ultimo, have declined to accept 
the office. 1 transmit herewith their letters of declination and suggest 
that the vacancies be filled at an early day. 

Thomas A, Doyle, Mayor. 

Providence, March 16, 1878, 
Hon. Thomas A. Doyle, Mayor: 

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missioner of the North Burial Ground, to which I was elected Februarj' 
1 1, 1878, and I beg most respectfully to decline the same. 

I am, very respectfully your obedient servant 

R. H. I. Goddard. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. I41, iSyS.] 

[Atarch 18, 1878.J Saniuel W. Brown, City Clerk : 
Dear Sir : — I hereby most respectfully decline the position as one 
of the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground. An indisposition of 
some days, has prevented me from acknowledging the receipt of this 
commission, and from taking definite action thereon. 

I am very respectfully, your obedient servant 

Augustus Hoppin. 
Providence, 8th, March, 1878. 
[Resolntiom of the City Council No. I4I, iSyS.] 

[AprtI 11, 1878.1 No. 182. Resolution accepting gift of Susan 
F, Carlisle to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April u, 
1878.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Susan F. Carhsle of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Carlisle in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the city council, under the name of Susan F. Carlisle fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 1S2, iSjS.] 

|May 6, 1878.] No. 241. Report of the Joint Committee on the 
North Burial Ground. (Presented May 6, 1878.) 
To the Hon. City Council : 

The joint committee on the north burial ground, who by resolution 
No. 77, were instructed to transfer the property in the hands of the 
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office, respectfully report, that they have performed the duty assigned 
them, and have made the transfer, and that the receipt given by the 
new commissioners has been deposited with the city auditor. 

Andrew Winsor, Chairman. 
Providence May 4 1878, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 241, l8j8.'\ 

[May 23, 1878.) No. 254. Resolution accepting gift of £1,000 
from Sophia Augusta Brown to the North Burial Ground Fund, to con- 
stitute the John Carter Brown Fimd. (Approved May 23, 1878.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sophia Augusta Brown of the sum of one 
thousand dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of John Carter Brown, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted by the city council, under the name of the John 
Carter Brown fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 254, 18/S.] 

[May 23, 1878.] No. 255. Resolution accepting the gift of £400 
from Sophia Augusta Brown to the North Burial Ground Fund to con- 
stitute the Harriet Brown Fund. (Approved May 23, 1878.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sophia Augusta Brown of the sum of four 
hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Harriet Brown and heirs, Lucy Thayer and 
Harriet A. Thayer and heirs, and Harriet Brown's heirs, and Williams 
Thayer's heirs in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted by 
the city council under the name of the Harriet Brown fund. 
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[June 3, t878.] For the report of the Commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground on the trust funds for the thirteen months ending 
May 31, 1878 see No. 276-7, Resolutions of 1878, presented June 3, 
1878 and approved the same day. 
\Resolntiom of the City Council Nos. 2-/6-J, l8'^8.'\ 

[June 3, 1878.] No. 285. Resolution accepting gift of Mary 
Demont Bowen to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved June 
3. '878.) 

Resolved, That the bequest of Mary Demont Bowen, of the sum of 
two hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Bowen in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted by the city council, under the name of the Demont 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 285, l8y8.\ 

[July 10, 1878.] No. 349. Resolution accepting gift of Cutting 
S. Calef to the North Burial-Ground Fund. (Approved July 10, 1878,) 

Resolved, That the gift of Cutting S. Calef of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of the heirs of Richard Sanders in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted by the city council, under the name of the Cut- 
ting S. Calef fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. J4(^, 18^8.] 

[July 10, 1878.) No. 350, Resolution accepting gift of Horace 

Martin to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 10, 1878.) 

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dred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Horace Martin in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted by the city council, under the name o£ the Horace 
Martin fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coumil No. 350, 18/8.] 

[July 10, 1878.} No. 351. Resolution accepting gift of Mary 
Low Newcomb to the North Burial-Ground Fund. (Approved July 
10, r878.) 

Resolved, That the bequest of Mary Low Newcomb of the sum of 
one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the heirs of Simon Dean in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted by the city council, under the name of the 
Mary Low Newcomb fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. JJ/, 1878.] 

[July 10, 1878.) No. 352. Resolution accepting Gift of William 
D. Sherman, Administrator, to the North Burial-Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved July 10, 1S78.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William Davis Sherman, administrator, 
of the sum of one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the north 
burial ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said Sherman, administrator, 
in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted by the city council, 
under the name of the William D. Sherman, administrator, fund. 
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[Jaly 35, 1878.] No, 359. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Daniel Crawshaw to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved July 
25. 1878.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Daniel Crawshaw of sixty dollars, to the 
commissioners of the north burial ground in trust, the income thereof 
to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to 
the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name of said 
Crawshaw in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted by the 
city council, under the name of the Daniel Crawshaw fund. 
\Resolutions of the City Council No. ^sg, l8j8.\ 

[September t6, t878.] No. 435. Resolution accepting gift of 
William D. Davis to North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved Sep- 
tember 16, 1878.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William D. Davis of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust ; 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Davis in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the city council, under the name of the William D. Davis 
fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Comuil No. 435, 18^8.'] 

[September 16, 1878.] No. 436. Resolution accepting gift of 
R. H. Thurston to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 16, 1878.) 

Resolved, That the gift of R. H. Thurston of the sum of one hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust ; 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 



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in the name of said Thurston in said ground, be and the same is hereby 

accepted by the city council under the name of the R. H. Thurston 

fund, 

[Resolutions of the City Coinicil No. 4^, iSyS-] 

[January 20, 1879.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1879 see No. 
37 Resolutions of 1879 presented Jan. 20, 1879 and approved Feb. i, 
1879 Ordered printed Jan, 6, 1879 with Sup'ts report Resolution No. 7, 
{Resolnliotis of the City Council Nos. S7 # 7, iSyg.] 

[February 13, 1S71K] No, 79, Resolution to pay Mrs. Sarah 
Sweet the sum of sixty-nine dollars and sixty cents. (Approved Feb- 
ruary 13, 1879.) 

Resolved That the city treasurer is hereby directed to pay to Mrs, 
Sarah Sweet the sum of sixty-nine dollars and sixty cents, being the 
amount paid by her to the city for a lot of land in the North Burial 
Ground, and for which sum the city executed its deed of said lot to the 
heirs of Menzies Sweet, August 29, 1876, the said city having pre- 
viously, July IS, 1848, executed and delivered to said Menzies Sweet 
its deed of the same lot ; said payment to be charged to the North 
Burial Ground account. 
[Resolutions of the City Coufieil No. jg, iSycf.] 

[April ff, 187H.J No. 143. Resolution accepting gift of Edward 
S. Thurber, to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved April 5, 
1879) 

Resolved, That the gift of Edward S. Thurber of the sum of one 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the north burial ground in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 



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standing in the name of the "hdrsof Edward Thurber," in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name 

of the Edward Thurber fund. 

[Resolutions of the City Council No. I43, l8jg.] 

[May 27, 1879.1 No. 240. Resolution to lay Water Pipes and 
set Hydrants in the North Buria) Ground, (Approved May 27, 1879.) 

Resolved, That the water commissioners are hereby directed to lay 
water pipes and set hydrants in the north burial ground, in accordance 
with the plans In the water department, estimated to cost about seven- 
teen hundred and thirty-five dollars. 
{Resolutions of the City Couneil No. 240, l8yg.\ 

[June 30, 1879.] No. 301. Annual Report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground, upon the Receipts and Expendi- 
tures of the Trust Fund. (Presented June 30, 1879.) 

City Council file. June 30, 1879. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^I, iS'/g.] 

(June 30, 1870.1 No. 302. Annual Report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Funds. (Presented 

June 30, 1879.) 

City Council file, June 30, 1879. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. J^3, iSyg.] 

[September SO, 1879.] No. 395. Resolution directing the City 
Treasurer to refund to Mary A. Covell ihe sum of thirty-nine dollars 
and sixty cents, (Approved September 20, 1879.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer is hereby directed to pay to Mary 
A. Covell the sum of thirty-nine dollars and sixty cents, being the 
amount paid by her in 1877 for a lot in the north burial ground, of 



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which she already held a deed from the city, executed in 1848 to her 
predecessors in title ; said payment to be charged to the account of the 
north burial ground. 
{Resolutions of the City Couticil No. jp5, iSjg.'] 

[November 3, 1879.] No, 467. Message of the Mayor relative 
to purchasing of land for the North Burial Ground. (Presented Novem- 
ber 3, 1879.) 

City of Providence, 
Executive Department, City Hall, 
November 3, 1879. 
Gentlemen of the City Council : 

The North Burial Ground contains upward of one hundred and 
twenty acres of land, a portion of which, say about fifteen acres, is so 
swampy as to be unfit for burial purposes, unless filled to a sufficient 
depth to permit graves to be dug therein. 

On the west of and adjoining the railroad bed of the Providence and 
Worcester Railroad Company and the Boston and Providence Railroad 
Company is a tract of land containing about two and three quarter 
acres, belonging to Hon. Edward P. Knowles, which he will sell to the 
city on proper terms. This parcel of land adjoins land recently pur- 
chased by the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company, and upon 
both tracts there is considerable elevation of sand excellent for filling 
the low portion of the cemetery, and is so near thereto as to be easily 
available for the purpose. 

The quantity of earth which can be removed from the land of Mr. 
Knowtes will be from eighty thousand to one hundred thousand cubic 
yards and will be determined by the grades which may be hereafter 
established on the streets in the vicinity thereof. 

This earth will make about five acres of saleable lots in the burial 
ground, which at present selling prices will yield upwards of seventy-five 
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The removal of earth will also furnish employment during the winter 
season for the unemployed, who, as usual will be pressing the overseer 
of the poor for aid or work. 

I recommend the purchase of the land by the city, and that in the 
resolution giving authority therefor there be inchided a provision that 
when the land has been graded it shall be sold under the direction of 
the committee on city property and the proceeds thereof returned to 
the city treasury, to balance the outlay therefor. 

Thomas A. Doyle, Mayor. 
[Resolutions of the City Council A'o. ^y, iSyc/.] 

[November 11, 1879.] No. 468. Resolution referring the mes- 
sage of the Mayor, relative to the purchase of land for the North Burial 
Ground. (Approved November ii, 1879.) 

Resolved, That the Mayor's message dated November 3, 1879, rela- 
tive to the purchase of land for the purpose of filling certain swampy 
portions of the north burial ground, be referred to the joint committee 
on the north burial ground to examine and report thereon. 
[Resolutions of I he City Council No. 468, iSyg."] 

[January 3, 1880.] No, 544, Resolution setting apart a lot in 
the North Burial Ground, to the Providence Police Association. (Ap- 
proved January 3, 1880.) 

Resolved, 1 hat the commissioners of the north burying ground, and 
the joint standing committee of the city council on said ground, be and 
they are hereby requested to set apart for burial purposes, a lot of land 
in the north burial ground, to ihe "Providence Police Association," to 
be held by said association subject to the ordinances of the city council, 
and all future legislation in relation thereto, and report their doings to 
the city council. 
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[January 3, 1880.] No, 550. Resolution accepting gift of Eliza- 
beth Higginson Weeden, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved January 3, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth Higginson Weeden of the sum 
of one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the north burial ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Weeden, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of the 
Elizabeth Higginson Weeden fund. 
[Resolu/iotts of the City Coumil No. $$0, iSSo.l 

[January:), 1880.] No. 551. Resolution accepting gift of Eliza- 
beth Higginson Weeden to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved January 3, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth Higginson Weeden of the sum 
of one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to Ix: applied under the provisions of chapter 
^6j of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Stephen Arnold Aplin in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of the 
Stephen Arnold Aplin fund. 
[KctolHtions of the City Council No. 55/, i88o:\ 

[Januarys, 1880.] No. 552, Resolution acxepting gift of Har- 
riet M. Remington, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
January 3, 18S0.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Harriet M. Remington of one hundred 
dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
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the name of William Henry Simmons in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of the William 
Henry Simmons fund. 
[Rf solutions of the City Council A'o. £^2, iSSo.] 

[January 19, 1880.] For theannual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1879, see No. 
33 Resolutions of 1880, presented Jan. 19, 1886. Ordered printed 
Jan. 13, 1880, with Sup'ts report, Resolution No. 4. 
[Resolutions of the City Council Nos. JJ jf 4, /8S0.] 

[January 34, 1880.] No. 38. Resolution accepting gift of 
Thomas J. Carpenter, to the North Bunal Ground Fund. (Approved 
January 24, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Thomas J. Carpenter, executor, of the 
sum of one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the north burial 
ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of James H. Sabin, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of 
the James H. Sabin fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. jS, iSSo.] 

[January 24, 1880.] No. 39. Resolution accepting gift of Fred- 
erick Miller, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
January 24, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Frederick Miller, executor, of the sum of 
fifty dollars to the commissioners of the north burial ground, in trust, 
the income thereof .to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of Susan J. Winsor in said ground be and the same is 
hereby accepted by the city council under the name of the Susan J. 
Winsor fund. 
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[Februarr 3» 1880.] No. 46. Thanks of the Providence Police 
Association, for gift of lot in North Burial Ground. (Presented Feb- 
ruary 2. 1880.) 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence : 

At the annual meeting of the members of the Providence Police 
Association held this day, the secretary was instructed to convey their 
thanks to the honorable city council of the city of Providence for the 
favor accorded them, by their action in setting apart a burial lot in the 
North Burial Ground, for the use of the deceased members of said 
association. 

Seth L. Horton, Secretary, 
Providence, January 12, 1880. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^, l88o.\ 

[February 19,1880.] In City Council. Chapter CXLVII. No. 
66. An Ordinance in amendment of Chapter XXXVI of the Ordi- 
nances of the City of Providence, " Officers of the City and their 
duties." (Passed in Board of Aldermen, p-ebruary 2. 1880. Passed in 
Common Council, February 2, 1880. Became a law upon the adjourn- 
ment of the Board of Aldermen, February 19, 1S80.) 
It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as follows : 

Section I. A commission shall issue to every person elected to any 
of the offices enumerated in this chapter. 

Section 2. Every person so elected to office shall, within thirty 
days after the date of his commission, duly engage himself to the faith- 
ful performance of the duties of office, before the city clerk, who shall 
keep a record thereof. 
[Resolutions of the City Coumil No. 66, 1880.] 

[Uarcb 4, 1880.] Chapter 791. An Act in addition to Chapter 
230 of the Genera! Statutes, "Of Offences against Private Property." 
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows: 

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hereby amended by inserting in line 6, after the words "public square " 
the words "or who shall take and carry away, without the consent of 
the owner thereot, any cultivated plant, tree or shrub from any grave- 
yard, or from any public or private grounds or who shall wantonly or 
maliciously injure or destroy any plant or shrub growing upon the land 
or in the building of another, or who shall jwison the earth about such 
plant or shrub so as to prevent or injure the growth thereof" so that 
said section shall read as follows. 

" Section 3 1 . Every person who shall take and carry away without 
the consent of the owner thereof, any corn, grain, fruit or growing 
vegetable out of any field, garden or orchard, or shall maliciously root 
up cut down, or otherwise injure or destroy any tree, root fruit or vege- 
table growing in any garden, field, orchard, highway common or public 
square; or who shall take and carry away, without the consent of the 
owner thereof, any cultivated plant tree or shrub from any graveyard, 
or from any public or private grounds or who shall wantonly or mali- 
ciously injure or destroy any plant or shrub growing upon the land or 
in the building of another, or who shall poison the earth about such 
plant or shrub so as to prevent or injure the growth thereof ; or who 
shall maliciously or wantonly in any way injure or deface any building 
not his own, or break the glass or any part of it in any such building ; 
or shall maliciously injure any fence on or enclosing lands not his own 
shall be imprisoned not exceeding one year, or be fined not exceeding 
two hundred dollars ; and every justice court within the town shall have 
jurisdiction over either of the offences in this section mentioned, when- 
ever the value of the property taken or destroyed shall not exceed the 
sum of twenty dollars ; and may sentence the offender to imprisonment 
not exceeding thirty days, or to be fined not exceeding twenty dollars." 
[Acfs of General Assembly, Chapter jgi. General Laws of 1882. 
Chapter 242, Section 22. See Act of April 26, l8g2, and extract from 
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[April 5, 1880.] No. 134. Resolution accepting gift of Thomas 
A. Millett, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 5. 
1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Thomas A. Millett, of the sum of two 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Thomas A. Millett, in said ground be and 
the same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of the 
Thomas A. Millett, fund, 
[Resohdions of the City Co/iitcil No. I34, l88o:\ 

{April 29, 1880.] No. 168. Resolution accepting gift of the R. 
I. Hospital Trust Co., Executors and Trustees, under the will of Stephen 
T. Olney, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 29, 
1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the R, I. Hospital Tnist Co., executors 
and trustees under the will of Stephen T. Olney, of one hundred dollars 
to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income 
thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public 
laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name 
of said Stephen T. Olney, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted by the city council under the name of the Stephen T. Olney 
fund. 
[^Resolutions of the City Council No. 168, 1880.] 

(Jane 7, 1880.] No. 21 1. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures of the 
Trust Fund. (Presented June 7, i88o.) 

City Council file June 7 1880. 
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[June 7, I880.] No. 212. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Funds. (Presented June 
7, 1880.) 

City Council file, June 7, 1880. 
[Resolutiotts of the City Coimcil No. 212, 1S80.] 

[June 10, 1880.] No. 225. Resolution accepting gift of George 
B. Peck, Jr., to the North Hurial Ground Fund. (Approved June 10, 
1 88a) 

Resolved, That the gift of George B. Peck, Jr., of the sum of two 
hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of George B. Peck, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the George B. Peck, 
Jr., fund. 
{Resoiiitiotis of the City Council A'o. 22§, 1880.] 

[July 12, 1880.] No. 259. Report of the Joint Committee on 
P'inance upon the message of the Mayor, relative to the Transfer of 
Money standing to the credit of the Committee on City Debt. (Pre- 
sented July 12, 1880.) 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence; 

The joint standing committee on finance, to whom on the twenty- 
first day of June, 1S80, was referred the message of his honor the 
mayor, in relation to a transfer of money to the board of commissioners 
of sinking funds, report ; that they have given the matter full considera- 
tion and after consultation with the city solicitor, are of the opinion that 
the transfer of the money now standing to the credit of the committee 
on the city debt, to the sinking fund, as recommended by the mayor, 
cannot properly be made. The money being within the control of the 
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A proper construction of the ordinance would seem to require that 
that committee should apply the money for the purpose for which it has 
been appropriated. 

As regards the second recommendation of the message your com- 
mittee report thereon in part, by recommending that a sufficient sum be 
transferred to the commissioners of sinking funds, which, with the funds 
for the purpose now in their hands, will pay the notes given for land for 
the North Burial Ground, which will be due December 19th of the 
present year, these notes amount to thirty-five thousand dollars, and 
the committee recommend that twenty-nine thousand dollars be trans- 
ferred from the money in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated to 
meet these notes. The committee recommend the passage of the ac- 
companying resolution, and will hereafter report further on the message. 
Respectfully submitted for the committee 

J. W. Crooker, Chairman. 
Providence, July 12, 1880. 
[Rcsolutiotts of the City Council No. 2^g, 1880.] 

[July 16, 1880.] No. 260. Resolution to pay to the Commis- 
sioners of Sinking Funds $29,000, to be applied to the payment of 
notes given for the purchase of Land on account of the North Burial 
Ground. (Approved July 16, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer be hereby directed to pay to the 
board of commissioners of sinking funds, from any money in the trea- 
sury not otherwise appropriated twenty-nine thousand dollars, to be 
applied by said t>oard, to the payment at their maturity of notes out- 
standing, given for the purchase of land for the North Burial Ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 260, t88o.] 

[July 16, 1880.] No. 262. Resolution accepting gift of T. W. 
Gorton, Varnum Fuller, John B. Baker and Elizabeth S. Boyden to the 
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Resolved, That the gift of T. W. Gorton, Varnum Fuller, John B. 
Baker and Elizabeth S. Boyden, of the sum of four hundred dollars to 
the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income 
thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public 
taws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name 
of the said Gorton, Fuller, Baker and Boyden, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the said Gorton, Fuller, 
Baker and Boyden fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 262, iSSO-l 

[September 27, 1880.] No. 332. Resolution accepting gift of 
William S. Lawrence, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved September 27, 1880,) 

Resolved, That the gift of William S. Lawrence, executor, of the 
sum of sixty-nine dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Mary Martin in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Mary Martin fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. J32, 1880,.] 

[September 37, 1880.] No. 333. Resolution accepting gift of 
Gorham Thurber Trustee, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved September 27, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Gorham Thurber, trustee, of the sum of 
one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of three burial lots 
standing in the name of the heirs of Dexter Thurber, in said ground be, 
and the same is hereby accepted by the city council, under the name of 
the Dexter Thurber fund. 
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[October 20, 1880.1 No. 362. Resolution accepting gift of 
Alexander Burgess to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 20, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Alexander Burgess of the sum of one 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Burgess* in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted by the city council under the name of the 
Alexander Burgess fund. 
[Resolutions of tfte City Council No. 362, /5'<Sb.] 

[October 20, 1880.) No. 363. Resolution accepting gift of 
Alexander Burgess to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 20, 1880.) 

Resolvecl, That the gift of Alexander Burgess of the sum of one 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Alpheus Burgess in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted by the city council, under the name of the 
Alpheus Burgess fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. J»5j, 1880.] 

[October 35t 1880.] No. 371. Resolution accepting gift of Mary 
Alice Earle, Executrix, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 25, 1880.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary Alice Earle, of the sum of one 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
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367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
stamling in the name of William Earie in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepte<l under the name of the William Earle fund, 
[ResoliftioH^ of the City Council No. J7/, l88o:\ 

[January 31, 1881.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1880 see No. 
43 Resolutions of iSSi Presented Jan. 31, 1881. Ordered printed Jan. 
7, 1881 with Sup'ts report, Resolution No. 4. 
[Resoiiitious of I he City Council Nos. 4 jf 43, /88/.] 

[February 4, 1881.] No. 49. Resolution accepting gift of 
Rebecca T. Willing, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
February 4, i88i.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Rebecca T. Willing, of the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-five dollars to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the 
provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Rebecca T. Willing, 
in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of 
the Rebecca T. Willing fund. 
[Reso/utiofis of the City Council No. 4g, 1881.] 

[May Session, 1841.] Chapter 899. An Act In Amendment of 
Chapter 313 of the Public Laws entitled "An Act establishing a board 
of Public Works in the City of Providence" 
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section I. All lands in the City of Providence held by religious and 
cemetery Corporations for cemetery purposes shall be exempt from the 
payment of any and all assessments for the construction of sewers 
made in pursuance of the provisions of chapter 313 of the Public Laws^ 
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Provided, that all assessments made for the construction of s 
such lands under the provisions of said chapter 313 of the Pubiic Laws 
or any acts in amendment thereof or in addition thereto, shall be and 
remain for thirty years a lien on said lands without interest and the city 
of Providence may enforce the collection of said assessments whenever 
said lands or an)- portion thereof shall be abandoned for cemetery pur- 
poses in the same manner as other sewer assessments are collected or 
enforced. 

Section 2. All acts and parts of acts inconsistent herewith are 
hereby repealed, and this act shall take effect upon its passage. 
[Ads of General Assembly, May Session, 1881, page /.] 

[•Tune O, 1881.] No. 249. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures of the 
Trust Funds. (Presented June 6, 1881.) 

City Council file, June 16, 1881. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2^, 1S81.] 

[Juoe 6, 1881.] No. 250. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Funds. (Presented June 6, 
1881.) 

City Council file, June 16^ 1881. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2^0, 1S81.] 

[September 2, 1881.) No. 327. Resolution accepting gift of 
Samuel N. Bissel, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved September 2, 1881.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Samuel N. Bissel, executor, of the sum of 
one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Sarah C. Bissel in said ground be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Sarah C. Bissel fund. 
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[September 12, 1881.] No. 352. Message of the Mayor trans- 
mitting copy of Deed from the Randall Heirs of portion of land en- 
closed in North Burial Ground, together with copy of agreement 
dedicating said land for a park to be known as "Randall Park." (Pre- 
sented September 12, 1881.) 

City of Providence, ") 

Executive Department, City Hall, > 
September 12, 188 1. J 

Gentlemen of the City Council : 

By a resolution of the city council, approved December 11, 1876, 
the Mayor was authorised " to make and execute a writing on the part 
of the city with the Randall heirs, so called, to carry into effect the 
agreement made by the committee on north burial ground," and stated 
in report of said committee, presented December 7, 1876, viz. : "The 
Randall heirs to quit claim to the city of Providence all their right, title 
and interest to the land in controversy, now in the north burial ground 
enclosure. That burial shall be forever prohibited in that portion of 
the north burial ground bounded on North Main street, within one 
hundred and fifteen feet of said street, as now located, and that the said 
portion of the said grounds, within the one hundred and fifteen feet 
aforesaid, shall be known as ' Randall Park,' and be planted with trees 
and otherwise beautified as soon as convenient to the city of Providence. 
And it is understood that such part of ' Randall park ' as may hereafter 
be required to widen North Main street shall be used for that purpose 
without expense to the city of Providence." 

For some cause, the signatures of certain of the heirs have been 
withheld until the 8th instant, when the deed required was placed in 
the possession of the city. 

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needed repairs and improvement of this portion of North Main street. 
Copies of the deed and the agreement on the part of the city are trans- 
mitted herewith. 

William S. Hayward, Mayor, 

(COPY.) 
DEED. 
Know all Men by These Presents : 

That we, Lucius Miner and Wife, Julia A. Miner, of Lincoln, in the 
county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, Elisha C. Mowry, of 
Providence, in said county, guardian of the person and estate of Vashti 
W. Angell, of North Providence, in said county, Edward P. Knowles, of 
said Providence, and the said Edward P. Knowles, guardian of the per- 
son and estate of his son Edward R. Knowles, in pursuance of authority 
granted by the Court of Probate of said North Providence to said guar- 
dians respectively, and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to us 
paid by the city of Providence, a municipal corporation created under 
the laws of said state, and of other good and valuable considerations, 
(the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged,) do hereby remise, release 
and forever quitclaim unto the said city of Providence aforesaid its suc- 
cessors and assigns forever all the right title, interest, property, claim 
or demand which we, or either of us, or the said Vashti W. Angell or 
Edward R. Knowles, now have, or of right ought to have in and to all 
that tract of land now wholly or in part included in the North Burying 
Ground in said Providence, as enclosed by said city and bounded and 
described as follows, namely : 

Northerly on the William Randall farm, so called, now owned by 
said city, north-easterly and easterly on the Power road and North Main 
street, southerly on the Gannon estate recently purchased by said city, 
and westerly on said burying ground, as formerly enclosed and main- 
tained : 

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nances thereof or thereto belonging to the city of Providence, aforesaid, 
its successors and assigns to its and their sole use forever. 

In Witness Whereof, We hereto set our hands and seals the first 
day of March in the year of our I^rd eighteen hundred and seventy 
seven. 

(Signed) 

Lucius Miner, 
Julia A. Miner, 
Elisha C. Mowry, 
as guardian of Vashti W. Angell, 

E. P. Knowles, 
E. P. Knowles, 
Guardian . 
Signed, scaled and delivered in presence of 

William C. Chase, to signatures of L. M. & J. A. M. 

Richard B. Comstock, witness to signature of Ehsha C. Mowry, 

Guardian. 
E, Metcalf, to signatures of E, P. Knowles, and E. P. Knowles, 
Guardian. 
Providence, sc. 

In Providence, the eighth day of September A. D, i88r, before me 
personally appeared Edward P. Knowles and acknowledged the fore- 
going instrument to be his free act and deed, in his own right and in his 
capacity of guardian of the person and estate of Edward R. Knowles, 
Edwin Metcalf, Notary Public. 
State of Rhode Island. 

In Lincoln, this nineteenth day of March, eighteen hundred and 
seventy -seven, (1877,) then the above named Lucius Miner, personally 
appeared before me and acknowledged the within instrument by him 
signed to be his free and voluntary act and deed. 

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State of Rhode Island, Providence County sc. 

In Lincoln, this nineteenth day of March, A. D. 1877, then the 
aforenamed Julia A. Miner personally appeared before me, separate ana 
apart from her husband, Lucius Miner, and after having the foregoing 
deed shown and explained to her by me, declared it to be her free and 
voluntary act and deed, and that she did not wish to retract the same. 

William C. Chase, Notary Pubhc. 
Providence, sc. 

In the city of Providence, this fourth day of May, A. D. 1877, per- 
sonally came before me Elisha C. Mowry, as guardian of Vashti W. 
Angell, and acknowledged the foregoing instrument by him signed as 
such guardian to be his free and voluntary act and deed in his said 
capacity. 

Richard B. Comstock, Justice of the Peace, 

(COPY.) 

AGREEMENT, 

In pursuance of resolution No. 689 of the city council (1876) the 
city of Providence hereby promises and agrees that burials shall be for- 
ever prohibited in that portion of the north burial ground in said city 
bounded on North Main street, within one hundred and fifteen feet of 
said street as located Decemtier 7, 1876, and also that the said portion 
of the said grounds within the one hundred and fifteen feet aforesaid, 
shall be known as "Randall Park," and be planted with trees and other- 
wise beautified as soon as convenient to said city of Providence. 

It being, however understood, and this writing is given with such 
understanding between the parties, the said city and the parties receiv- 
ing this writing, that such part of "Randall Park," aforementioned and 
described as may hereafter be required to widen North Main street, 
shall and may be used for that purpose and taken therefore without ex- 
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This agreement being made between said city of Providence and the 
Randall heirs, so called, in said resolution, and their heirs and assigns. 
In Witness Whereof, The said city of Providence hath hereunto set its 
corporate hand by William S. Hayward, Mayor of said city of 
Providence, hereunto duly authorized on the eighth day of Septem- 
ber, A. D. 1881. 

The city of Providence, 

By William S. Hayward, Mayor. 
In presence of N. Van Slyck. 
Correct in form : 

N. Van Slyck, City Solicitor. 
[Resolitlions of the City Council No. 352, 1881.] 

[October 1, 1881.] No. 355. Resolution setting apart a lot in 
the North Burial Ground for a Memorial to the French Allies of the 
Revolution. (Approved October i, 1881.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the north burial ground be 
and they are hereby directed to set apart a portion of ground not exceed- 
ing twenty-live feet square, on which a memorial may be erected in com- 
memoration of the services of our French Allies who lost their lives 
during the war of the Revolution, and who are buried in said ground. 
{Resolutions of the City Coiiticil No. JS§, i88t.] 

[December 2, 1881.] No. 449. Resolution accepting gift of Free- 
born Johnson, to the North Burial Ground P'und. (Approved Decem- 
ber 2, 188 1.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Freeborn Johnson, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be appHed under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 



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burial lot standing in the name of said Jolinson in said ground, be and 

the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Freeborn Johnson 

fund. 

{Resolutions of the City Coumil No. 44g, l88l.] 

[December 'i, 1881.] No. 450. Resolution accepting gift of 
John N. Shay, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Decem- 
ber 2, 1881.) 

Resolved, That the gift of John N. Shay, of the sum of one hundred 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Shay in said ground, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the John N. Shay fund. 
[Resolnliotis of the City Council- No. 450, /8S/.] 

[December 33, 1881.] No, 476. Resolution authorizing the 
City Treasurer to purchase lots Nos. I3 and -88 on Pine avenue, in 
North Burial Ground, (Approved December 23, 1881.) 

Resolved. That the city treasurer be, and he is hereby authorized to 
purchase of the owners, lot No. 12, group No. 7, Pine avenue in North 
Burial Ground, for a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, and lot 
No. 88 Pine avenue in said ground, for a sum not exceeding thirty 
dollars and eighty-five cents and charge the same to reserve fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 4^6, /88/.] 

[January 5, 18820 No. 1 1. Resolutions authorizing the City 
Treasurer to purchase lots in the North Burial Ground. (Approved 
January 5, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer be and he is hereby authorized to 
purchase of the owners lot No. 12, group No. 7, Pine avenue, in north 
burial ground, for a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars and lot No. 



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§8 Pine avenue, in said gro\ind, for a sum not exceding thirty dollars 
and eighty-five cents, and charge the same to the north burial ground 
sinking fund. 

Resolved, That resolution No. 476, approved December 23, i88r, 
be and the same is hereby rescinded. 
IResolutiotis of the City Council No. II, iSSl.] 

[January 23, 1882.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 3r, 1881 see No. 
47 Resolutions of 1882 Presented Jan. 23, 1882. Ordered printed 
Jan. 5, 1882 with Sup'ts report Resolution No, 4. 
[Resolutions of the City Council Nos. 47 ^ 4, 1S82.] 

[February 1, 1882 — in effect.) Chapter 85 Of the Registra- 
tion of Births Deaths and Marriages. 

Section 6, Whenever any person shall die, or any still-born child 
shall be brought forth in this state, the physician attending at such 
bringing forth or last sickness, if any physician so attended, shall within 
forty-eight hours after such death or bringing forth, leave with the 
family, if any, or person having the care of the deceased, or the person 
bringing forth such still-born child, or give to the undertaker or person 
who conducts the funeral, a certificate stating in case of a death the 
name of the deceased, the date of tlie death, and the disease or cause of 
the death, and in case of the bringing forth of a still-bom child, the 
date and the cause of such child being brought forth still-born. 

Section 7. Every town council may appoint a sufficient number of 
persons to act as undertakers, removable at the pleasure of such council. 

Section 8, No undertaker or other person shall conduct a funeral 
or bury or deposit in a tomb, or remove from this state or otherwise 
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he shall first obtain the physician's certificate required by section six of 
this chapter, if a physician was in attendance upon such person who has 
deceased, or the person bringing forth such still-bom child, and shall 
return the same, together with his own certificate of the information 
required by section three of this chapter, to the town clerk of the town 
where such death or bringing forth took place. 

Section 9. Any town may make ordinances more effectually to 
attain the objects herein contemplated. \General Laws of Rhode 
Island. Ed. of 1882. Passed in substance, fitne J, l8j§. See extract 
from General Laws Ed. l8g6, in effect February /.] 

[Febriurj O, 18S2.] No. 55. Resolution accepting gift of 
Martha N. Hail, to the North Burial Ground Fund. Approved Feb- 
ruary 6, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Martha N. Hail, of the sum of four hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust,- 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of George Hail in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Martha N. Hail fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 55, l882.'\ 

[April 21, 1882.] Chapter 309 An Act in Amendment of 
Chapter 38 of the Public Statutes "Of the Town Council." 
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section 1. Section 31 of chapter 38 of the Public Statutes is 
hereby amended so as to read as follows : 

"Sec. 31. Such town councils may take and hold to them and 
their successors in office, all such lands within their respective towns, as 
shall be conveyed to them in trust for burial purposes, and, in like man- 
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the purpose of ornamenting or keeping in repair such biiriat lots or any 
other burial lots within their respective towns, and execute said trusts 
in accordance with the terms contained in the instrument of convey- 
ance." 

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage [Acts of Gen- 
eral Assembly, January Session, 1882, page t8$. Original act passed 
January Session, l8^2. Amended March 28, 1884. See extract from 
General Laws, Ed. l8g6, in effect February /.] 

[May 30, 1882.1 No, 206. Resolution accepting gift of George 
W. Snow to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved May 20, 
1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of George W. Snow, of the sum of two hun- 
dred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Snow in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the George W, Snow fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 206, 1882.] 

[May 20, 1882.] No. 207. Resolution accepting gift of George 
W. Snow, Administrator, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved May 20, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of George W, Snow, administrator of the 
estate of Amos W. Snow, of the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars 
to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in tiiust.the income 
thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public 
laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name 
of Amos W. Snow, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the Amos W. Snow fund. 
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[May 20, 1882.] No. 208. Resolution accepting gift of Sarah 
Sweet, Executrix, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 
20, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah Sweet, executrix, of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Menzies Sweet, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Menzies Sweet 
fund. 
^Resolutions of the City Couneil No. 208, 1882.] 

[June 5, 1882.] No. 227. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upjon the Receipts and Expenditures of the 
Trust Funds. (Presented June 5, 1882.) 

City Council file, June 5, 1882. 
[Resolutions of ike City Council No. 22y, 1882.] 

[June 5, 1882.1 No. 228. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Fund. (Presented June 5, 
1883.) 

City Council file, June S, 1882. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 228, 1882.'] 

[July 8, 1882.] No. 279. Resolution accepting gift of James 
Mitchell to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 8, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of James Mitchell, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty d6llars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Mitchell in said ground be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the James Mitchell fund. 
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[September O, 1882.] No. 340. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Marcelia Nicliols to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember g. 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Marcelia Nichols, of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of Charles Nichols in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Marcelia Nichols fund. 
[Resolulions of the City Coumil No. 34O, 1S82.] 

[September 9, 1882.] No. 341, Resolution accepting the gift of 
J. C. Fenner and S. B. Bullock, Executors of the estate of Cornelius 
Sullivan, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved September 9, 
1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of J. C. Fenner and S. B. Bullock, executors 
of the estate of Cornelius Sullivan, of the sum of five hundred dollars 
to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income 
thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public 
laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name 
of Isabella R. Sullivan in said ground, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the Cornelius Sullivan fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 341, 18S2.] 

[September 15, 1882.] No. 369. Resolution directing the City 
Engineer to report plans and estimates for bringing to grade and widen- 
ing North Main street, from Sexton street to Cemetery street. (Ap- 
proved September 15, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the city engineer be hereby directed to report plans 
and estimates for bringing to grade and widening North Main street, 
from Sexton street to Cemetery street, in accordance with the report of 
the committee to lay out the same approved April 20, 1882. 
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[October 7, 1882.] No. 394. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Joseph Fletcher to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 7, i88z.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Joseph Fletcher, of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Fletcher, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Joseph Fletcher fund. 
{Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. 3Q4, 1882.] 

[October 7, 1882.] No. 395. Resolution accepting the gift of 
the Executors of the Will of Samuel Hawkins to the North Burial 
Ground Fund. (Approved October 7, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the executors of the will of Samuel Haw- 
kins, of the sum of one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Hawkins, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Samuel Hawkins fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. jg^, 1882.] 

[November 18, 1882.] No. 471. Resolution authorizing the 
Commissioners of the North Burial Ground to erect an Office in said 
ground. (Approved November 18, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, act- 
ing under the advice and direction of the Joint standing committee on 
said ground, be hereby authorized and directed to cause a suitable build- 
ing to be erected at the entrance of the North Burial Ground, and 
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shall not exceed the sum of three thousand dollars ; said sum or so 
much thereof as may be necessary for said purpose, to be charged to 
the North Burial Ground Improvement fund. 

[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^I, 18S2.'] 

[November 18, 1882.] No. 472. Resolution accepting the gift 
of Ferdinand Potter to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 18, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Ferdinand Potter, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and eighty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the proviKons 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Potter, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Ferdinand Potter 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 4^2, 1882.] 

[December 6, 1882.] In City Council. No. 477. Resolution 
authorizing the City Treasurer to purchase land in the North Burial 
Ground of Isaac N, Fairbrother. (Approved December 6, 1882.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer be, and he is hereby authorized 
to purchase the lot in the North Burial Ground standing in the name of 
Isaac N. Fairbrother, containing one hundred and twenty-eight square 
feet, at a price not exceeding thirty cents per square foot, the payment 
thereof to be charged to the North Burial Ground sinking fund. 
[Resolutions 0/ the City Council No. ^7, 1882.} 

[January 5, 1883.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1882 see No. 
26 Resolutions of 1883, presented Jan. 15, 1883, Ordered printed 
Jan. 3, 1883 with Sup'ts report Resolution No, 4. 
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[Jsnaary 22, 18tt3,] No. 34. Resolution accepting gift of the 
Heirs of George B. Holmes, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved January 22, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the heirs of George B. Holmes, of the 
sum of one hundred and eighty dollars to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of the said heirs in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the George B. 
Holmes fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coumil No. 34, 1883^ 

[April 0, 1883.1 No. I lo. Resolution accepting gift of Ruf us A. 
Feck, to the North Burial Ground l-und. (Approved April 9, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Rufus A, Peck, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Peck in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Rufus A. Peck fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 1 10, 1883.^ 

[June 8, 1883.] No. 227. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Edward J. liicknell, and J. Lippitt Snow executor, to the North Burial 
Ground Fund. (Approved June 8, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gifts of Edward J. Bicknell of the sum of one 
hundred and thirty-three dollars and thirty-three cents, and of J. Lippitt 
Snow, executor of the estate of Mary Ann Sessions, of the sum of sixty- 
six dollars and sixty-seven cents, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
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ot the burial lot standing in the name of E, M, and E. J, Bicknell and 
Mary Ann Sessions, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the Bicknell and Sessions fund. 
[Reso/ulioits of I he City Council No. 22y, l883.'\ 

[June 8, 1883.] No. 228. Resolutionaccepting thegift of Henry 
C. Clark to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 8, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Henry C. Clark, of the sum of three 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the names of Martha E. Clark and Caroline M. Clark, in 
said ground, be and the same is hereby acceptetl under the name of the 
Sterry Clark fund. 
{Resolutions of the City Council No. 22S, iSSS-] 

[June 8, 1883.] No. 229. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Thomas Grace to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 8 

18S3.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Thomas Grace, of the sum of one hundred 
eighty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Grace, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Thomas Grace fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 22g, 1883.^ 

[JuDe 8, 1883.} No. 230. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Joseph W. Naylor to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 
8, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Joseph W. Naylor, of the sum of one 
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Ground in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 

of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 

burial lot standing in the name of said Naylor, in said ground, be and 

the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Joseph W. Naylor 

fund. 

[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2^0, lS8j.] 

[Jane 8, 1883.] No. 231. Resolution accepting the gift of the 
Heirs of Ann Wright to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
June 8, 1883,) 

Resolved, That the gift of the heirs of Ann Wright, of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, In trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Ann Wright, in said ground, be 
and the same Is hereby accepted under the name of the Ann- Wright 
fund. 
[Rcsoluliotis of the City Council A'o. 2J/, tSSj.] 

[June as, 1883.] Chapter CCXIX. No. 247. An Ordinance 
in amendment of Chapter VII of the Ordinances of the city of Provi- 
dence, relative to the use of vaults in the North Burial Ground. (Ap- 
proved June 23, 1883.) 
It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as follows ; 

Section r. Section 14, of chapter VII of the ordinances is hereby 
amended by adding thereto the following : 

And no person shall rent or let for money or other valuable consid- 
eration or permit to be let or occupied for money or other valuable con- 
sideration, any tomb or vault or any place or apartment therein within 
the limits of the North Burial Ground, without leave first had and ob- 
tained In writing from said commissioners. 
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[June 18, 1883.1 ^o- 349- Annual Report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Huria) Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures 
of the Trust Funds. (Presented June r8, 1883.) 

City Council file, June 21, 1883. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2^, /i^.] 

[June 18, 1883.] No. 250, Annual Report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground upon Trust Fund. (Presented 
June 18, 1883.) 

City Council file, June 21, 1883.) 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2^0, iSSj.] 

[September 12, 1883.] No. 346. Resolution accepting the gift 
of Amey A. Tucker to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 12, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Amey A. Tucker, of the sum of four 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of James Tucker and Betsey Bosworth, in said 
ground be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Amey 
A. Tucker fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 346, 1883.^ 

[Octolier 6, 1883.] No. 417, Resolution accepting gift of Eliza 
W. Salisbury to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved October 
6, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Eliza W. Salisbury, of the sum of one 
hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
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standing in the name of Sylvester Salisbury, in said ground be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Eliza W. Salisbury fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 41 j, 1883.^ 

[VoTember 1», 1883.] No. 458. Resolution authorizing the 
Commissioners of the North Burial Ground to remove and reconstruct 
a Green House in said ground. (Approved November ig, 1883.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North Burial Ground be, 
and they are hereby authorized to expend a sum not exceeding six hun- 
dred and twenty-five dollars in removing and reconstructing a green 
house in said burial ground and that the same be charged to the account 
of the North Burial Ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 458, 1883.1 

[November 10, 1883.] No. 464. Resolution accepting gift of 
J. C. Harrington to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 19, 1S83.) 

Resolved, That the gift of J. C. Harrington, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Harrington, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the J, C. Harrington fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 464, 1883.] 

[January 4, 1884.] No. 548. Resolution accepting the gift of 
James H. Mumford, 2d, Executor, to the North Burial Groimd Fund. 
(Approved January 4, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of James H. Mumford 2d, executor, of the 
sum of one hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 



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burial lot standing in the name of James Mumford, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the James Mum- 
ford fund. 

[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^48, 18S4.] 

[January 4, 1884.] No. 549. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Frank P. Sheldon to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
January 4, 1SS4.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Frank P. Sheldon of the sum of seventy- 
two dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Sheldon, in said ground be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Frank P. Sheldon fund. 
[Rtsolulions of the City Council No. ^49, 1884.] 

[January 4, 1884.] No. 550. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Paris Winsor to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved January 
4- 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Paris Winsor, of the sum of two hundred 
dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Winsor, in said groimd, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the Paris Winsor fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 550, 1884.} 

[January 38, 1884.] For the annual report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1883 
see Resolutions of City Council No. 41, 1884, presented Jan. 28, 1884 
Ordered printed Jan. 1 2, 1884. See Resolutions of City Council No. 4, 
1884. 
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[February 5, 1884.] No. 50. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Susan P. Clemans to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
February 5, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Susan P. Clemans of the sum of one hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
o£ the Public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of Susan P. Thurston, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Susan P. Clemans fund. 
[Resolittiofis of the City Council No. 50, 18S4.] 

[February 5, 1884.1 No. 51. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Mrs. James Major to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
February 5, 18S4.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mrs. James Major of the sum of one hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of James Major, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under th» name of the James Major fund. 
[Rcsoliiliotts of Ike City Council No. §r, 1884.'] 

[February 4, 1884.] Resolved, That so much of the annual re- 
port of the commissioners of the North Burial Ground as calls attention 
to the violation of chapter 219 of the ordinances, relative to the rental 
of tombs by undertakers James Boyce and Horace Knowles, be referred 
to the Joint committee on the North Burial Ground with instructions 
to examine and report thereon. 
[Records of the Board of Aldermen Book 12, page 348, /8S4.] 

[February 23, 1884.] No. 83 Resolution accepting the gift of 
Executors of the Estate of William R- Pope, to the North Burial 
Ground Fund. (Approved February 23, 1884.) 



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Resolved. That the j^ift of the executors of the estate of William 
R. I'lijie, of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to the commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground, In trust, the income thereof to be 
applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the 
preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name of the said 
Pope, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the William R. I'ope fund 
[RiSolHtions of the City Conttcil No. Sj, 1S84.] 

[March 28, I884.1 Chapter 403 An Act In Amendment Of 
Section 31 of Chapter 38 Of The Public Statutes. . "Of The Town 
Council." 
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section 1. Town Councils, in addition to the powers conferred by 
section 31 of chapter 38 of the Public Statutes, may take possession of 
and hold ancient, neglected or abandoned burial grounds whenever they 
can take such jxissessinn without opposition from the persons interested 
therein and such councils may take, hold and manage in trust all funds 
given to such councils to keep such grounds in repair or for ornament- 
ing or improving the same, and may in their discretion apprqjriatc from 
the treasury of their respective towns money for the purpose of keeping 
in repair, preserving the monuments in and maintaining any such burial 
ground. [Acts 0/ Genera/ Assembly, January Session, 1884, page I^g. 
Original act passed January Session, 1852. Amended ApHl 2!, 1SS2. 
See extract from General Laivs, Ed. l8g6, in effect February I.] 

[May a, 1H84-.I Chapter 423. An Act in Amendment of Sec- 
tion 13 of Chapter 79 of The Public Statutes "Of Nuisances," 
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section 1. Section 13 of chapter 79 of the Public Statutes is 
hereby amended so that the same shall read as follows : 

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in the romixict or thickly populated parts of such town, and may make 
such by-laws and ordinances relating to burials and the use of grounds 
for burials in such town as they may think necessary for preserving the 
hcahh thereof, and may enforce such ordinances in the manner provided 
in sections one and two of this chapter." [Ac/s of General Assembly, 
January Session, 1884, page l6<). See Ed. of l8$y, in effect July I, and 
extract front General Laws in effect February j, l8<^.\ 

[M»y 24, 1884.1 No. 234. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Mary Kilvert to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 24, 
1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary Kilvert of the sum of one hundred 
and twenty-five dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Gniund, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Samuel W, Kilvert, in said ground, 
l)e and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Samue! W, 
Kilvert fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 234, 1884.] 

[May 24, 18K4.] No. 235. Resolution accepting the gift of 
Silas A. Sweet to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 
24. 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Silas A. Sweet of the sum of one hundred 
and forty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Sweet, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Silas A, Sweet fund, 
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[May 22, 1884.] In Board of Aldermen. Resolvetl, That the 
iwrtion of Pawtucket avenue lying between the old city line and Ceme- 
tery street, as shown on a plat' recorded in Street Book of Plats No. 12, 
Page 1 1, be, and the same is hereby abandoned as a public highway, 
and the same is declared useless as such. 
[Resolutions of t/ie City Coumil, 1884, page 212.] 

[June 2, 1884- ] No. 236. Resolution taking land known as the 
"Proprietor's Burial Ground," at the corner of Friendship and Beacon 
streets, for the purposes of a Public Park. (Approved June 2, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the following described land, viz. : beginning for the 
southeasterly comer, at a point in the westerly line of Plain street, 0.04 
feet westerly from a stonebound ; thence northerly in the westerly line 
of Plain street 283.91 feet ; thence deflecting 92° 27' 30" westerly and 
running westerly in the southerly line of said Plain street 263.38 feet 
to Friendship street ; thence deflecting 36° 50' 20" southerly and run- 
ning southwesterly 71.72 feet to the southeasterly comer of Friendship 
street and Beacon street ; thence reflecting 50° 55' southerly and run- 
ning southerly in the easterly line of Beacon street 239.42 feet to a 
point 0.84 of a foot easterly of a stone bound ; thence deflecting 
91° 58' 20" easterly and running easterly (ranging from said last men- 
tioned stone-bound to the first mentioned stone-bound) 317.96 feet to 
the point of beginning ; said tract contains 88,8 1 5 square feet of land, 
be, and the same is hereby taken by the city of Providence for the pur- 
pose of a public park, and that there be filed a description of said land 
with a statement that the same is taken pursuant. to the provisions of 
an act passed by the general assembly. May 2d, 1884; said description 
and statement to be signed by his honor the mayor of said city of 
Providence, in the office of the recorder of deeds of said city. 
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[May 22, 1884.] No, 237. Report of the Street Committee upon 
Building and Grading North Main Street, from Sexton Street to Ceme- 
tery Street. (Presented May 22, 18S4.) 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence : 

The street committee to whom was referred December 6, 1883, by 
the board of aldermen, "an ordinance relative to the removal of the 
fence at the North Burial Ground, and also for building and grading 
North Main street from Sexton street to Cemetery street," report : 

That upon a careful consideration of the matter they are of the 
opinion that some action must be taken by the city council, which will 
cause North Main street to be put in proper condition for safe and con- 
venient travel thereon. 

By an agreement made with the Randall heirs, September 8, 1881, 
the city consented to widen North Main street, and in conformity there- 
with, the board of aldermen proceeded to lay out said street from Sexton 
street to the old city line, of an uniform width of ninety-nine feet, the 
report of the committee thereon being received and ordered recorded 
April 20, 1882. The westerly line of said street, by the lay-out came 
upon land enclosed by the easterly fence of the North Burial Ground, 
thus leaving trees and other obstructions within the street. 

The ordinance under consideration by the committee provided for 
the removal of the fence above referred to, but the committee deemed 
such a provision in the ordinance unnecessary as the power was vested 
in the board of aldermen to cause all the obstructions within the lines 
of the street to be removed, and therefore recommended to said board 
that a warrant issue for such removal, action thereon being taken, April 
i;th, 1884. 

To remove these obstructions before it was determined what is to be 
done with the roadway, will leave the highway on the westerly side 
impassable and consequently dangerous to public travel, and it is under- 
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Ground, with wlinm arrangomcnls Imvc been made to reset the fence 
now HtmuiJn^ in tlie street, that tiiey cannot without great cxjicnse and 
detriment to the burial ground, tlo any work before the city council has 
taken further action. 

Accomi^anying the ordinance referred to the committee was an esti- 
mate of the city engineer, dated January 27, 1883, in which he estimates 
the cost of moving the fence and grading and building the street at 
$16,667.01, which contemplated the building of a boulevard and park in 
the centre o[ the street. 

The committee have deemed it better to build a roadway, as is cus- 
tomary in other streets, although the first cost thereof will be a trifie 
more than the first estimate, but will accommodate much better the 
great amount of travel passing over said highway. 

The estimate of the engineer's department allowing the use of the 
whole roadway between the curbs for traffic is seventeen thousand, six 
hundred dollars. 

Your committee therefore recommend non-concurrence with the 
common council upon the ordinance which was referred, and the iiassage 
for the accompanying substitute. 

Respectfully submitted, 

I'or the Committee, 

Geo. K. Martin, Chairman. 
(See No. 334 current series.) 
[Rcsoi/i/ioiis of the City Council No. 2jy, 1884.] 

[June 5, 1884.] No. 264. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Cbarles A. Gamwell, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
June s, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Charles A. Gamwell, of the sum of eighty- 
four dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
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the public laws, to the preservation and care of the Ijurial lot standing 
in the name of said Gamwetl, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Charles A. Gamwell fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 264., 1884.} 

[June 5, 1884.] No, 265. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Sarah A. Harris and Martha A. Paine to the North Burial Ground 
Fund, (Approved June 5, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah A. Harris and Martha A. Paine, of 
the sum of three hundred dollars to the commissioners of the North 
liurial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of Elisha Smith, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Elisha Smith 
fund. 
[Risoliitioiis of the City Comtcil No. 265, /8S4.] 

[Juue 5, 1884.] No. 366. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Conrad Keller and Bradley M. Graffam to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved June g, 1884,) 

Resolved, That the gift of Conrad Keller and Bradley M. Graffam, 
of the sum of one hundred and forty dollars, to the commissioners of 
the North Burial Ground in trust, the income thereof to be applie<l 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and tare of the burial lot standing in the name of said Keller and 
Graffam, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the Keller and Graffam fund. 
[Risolulions of the City Coiituil No. 266, 1884.} 

[June 10, 1884.] No. 300. Annual Report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures 
of the Trust Funds. (Presented June 16, 1884.) 

City Council file, June 26, 1884. 
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[June 16, 1884.] No. 301. Annual Report of the Commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground, upon the Trust Fund. (Presented 
June 16, 1S84.) 

City Council file, June 26, 1884. 
[Rcso/ntiuns of the City Coinml No. 301, 1884.] 

[June 28, 1884.] No. 31 r. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
James M. Cross, Administrator to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved June 28, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of James M. Cross, administrator, of the 
sum of one thousand dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Edward S. Lyon, in said ground, l>e 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of Edward S. Lyon 
fund. 
[Rc-soittliotts of the City Council No. Jll, 1884.] 

[August 7, 1884.] No. 374. Resolution Authorizing the City 
Treasurer to Purchase a certain Lot in the North Burial Ground. 
(Passed in Common Council, May 19, 1S84. Passed in Board of Alder- 
men, July 17, 1884. Became a law upon the adjournment of the Com- 
mon Council August 7, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer be, and he is hereby authorized 
to purchase a lot in the north burial ground numbered 68, group 22, 
containing three hundred and twenty square feet of land, at a price not 
exceeding twenty cents per square foot ; and that the expense thereof 
be charged to the north burial ground sinking fund. 
[Resol/ttiotis of the City Couttcil No. JJ4, 1884.'] 

[September 16, 1884.] ■ No. 430. Resolution accepting the gift 
of Jno. Alexander Beall to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
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Resolved, That the gift of Jno. Alexander Beall, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of John G. Burrough in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the John G. Bur- 
rough fund. 
{Resolutions of the City Council No. 4^, 1884.] 

[September 10, 1SS4.] No. 431. Resolution accepting the gift 
of John W. Greene, Administrator, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved September 16, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of John W. Greene, administrator, of the 
sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of William F. Greene, in said 
ground be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
William F. Greene fund. 
\Resoluiions of the City Coutu:il No. 431. 1884] 

[September 16, 1884.] No. 432. Resolution accepting the gift 
of Emanuel RawclifFe to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 16, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Emanuel Rawcliffe, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Rawcliffe, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Emanuel Rawcliffe 
fund. 
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[September 1«, 1884.] No. 433. Resolution accepting the gift 
of Mary Steere to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 16, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary Steere, of the sum of one hundred 
and forty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Steere, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Mary Steere fund. 
[Rcsoliidoits of ike City Coiiticil No. 433, 1884.] 

[September le, 1884.] No. 434. Resolution accepting the gift 
of W. I. Williams, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved September 16, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of W. I, Williams, executor of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Samuel R. Williams in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Samuel R. 
Williams fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 434, 1884.] 

[October 23, 1884.1 No. 508. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Brown S. Wood to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Octo- 
ber 23, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Brown S. Wood of the sum of two hun- 
dred and sixteen dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of the said Wood, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Brown S. Wood fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 508, 1884.] 



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[becember 9, 1884.] No. 571. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Almira Durfee to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Decem- 
ber 9. 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Almira Durfee of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Durfee, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Almira Durfee fund. 
[Resohitwns of the City Coinicil No. 57/, 18S4.] 

[December 9, 1884.] No. 572. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Harriet Seagrave, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December 9, 1884.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Harriet Seagrave of the sum of one hun- 
dre<l and twenty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Seagrave, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Harriet Seagrave 
fund. 
[ResoliifioHS of the City Council No. $J2, fSS^.] 

[January 19, 188^.] No, 31. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
\V. H. Grins and C. R. Drown, Executors, to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved January 19, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of W. H. Grins and G. R, Drown, executors 
of the estate of Marcy Gorham, of the sum of one hundred and fifty 
<lollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
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the name of said executors, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Marcy Gorham fund, 
\Resobitions of the City Council No. 31, /^J.] 

[January 19, 188^.] No, 32. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Elizabeth Mabbett to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
January 19, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth Mabbett of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of the said Mabbett, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Elizabeth Mabbett Fund. 
[Resoliitiotts of the City Council No. 32, /^f.] 

[JaQuary 19, 188A.] No. 33. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Alfred Sherman, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Ap- 
proved January 19, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Alfred Sherman, executor, of the sum of 
one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the monument on 
the lot standing in the name of George J. Sherman, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the George J. Sher- 
man fund. 
{Resolutions of the City Council No. 33, l8S^.] 

[January 26, 1885.] For the annual rejjort of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1884 see No. 
36 Resolutions of 1885 Presented Jan. 26, 1885 Ordered printed 
Jan. 8, 1885 Resolution No. 4. 
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[February 3, 1885.] No. 48. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Charles F. Irons, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
February 3, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Charles F. Irons of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied imder the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of Charlotte Irons, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Charlotte Irons fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 48, 1885.] 

(February 24, 188S.] No, 74. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Ithiel T, Davis to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Feb- 
ruary 24, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Ithiel T. Davis of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Davis, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Ithiel T, Davis fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No, 74, 1885.] 

[April 2, 188ff.] Chapter 475. An Act Providing for the Burial 
of any Honorably Discharged Soldier or Sailor who shall Hereafter Die 
without leaving Means to Defray Necessary Funeral Expenses. 
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows : 

Section i. Whenever any person who served in the army, navy, or 
marine corps of the United States during the late war, and was honor- 
ably discharged therefrom, shall die within this state, without leaving 
means sufficient to defray necessary funeral expenses, he shall be burial 
and the expenses thereof paid in the manner hereafter provided. 

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men of any city shall annually designate some proper jierson other than 
those designated by law for the care of paupers or the custody of crim- 
inals, who shall cause to be interred the body of any honorably dis- 
charged soldier, sailor or marine who served in the late war and received 
an honorable discharge and who may not have left sufficient means to 
pay his funeral expenses, and in case the deceased has relatives or 
friends who desire to conduct the burial and who are unable or unwilling 
to pay the charge thereof they shall be allowed to conduct the funeral, 
and the cost of said interment shall be paid to them or their represen- 
tatives by the town or city treasurer upon due proof: Provided, how- 
ever, that the whole expense of such funeral shall not in any one case 
exceed the sum of thirty five dollars. 

Sec. 3. Any interment provided for by the provisions of this act 
shall not be made in any cemetery or plot used exclusively for the 
[lauper dead, and if any _such deceased honorably discharged soldier, 
sail()r, or marine may have already died and been buried in any place 
used exclusively for the burial of paupers, they shall be removed there- 
from as soon as may be, after the attention of the town or city council 
within whose limits such person may have been buried, shall have been 
called thereto. 

Sec, 4. The grave of any deceased soldier, sailor or marine, who 
may be buried under the provisions of this act, shall be marked by a 
headstone containing tiie name of the deceased, and, if possible, the 
organization to which he belonged or in which he served; such head- 
stone shall cost not more than fifteen dollars, and the expense of such 
headstore and burial shall be a charge upon and shall be paid by the 
town or city in which the said soldier, sailor, or marine may have died. 

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect immediately. [Ac/s of General 
Assembly, January Session, l88§, page Ij6. Amendments passed April 
■p, 18&) and March g, l8g2. See also General Laws, Ed, of l8^, in 
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[April «, 1885.1 No. 127. Resolution accepting the Gift uf John 
C. Fluhrer's heirs to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 
6, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the heirs of John C. Fluhrer of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said heirs, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the John C. Fluhrer fund. 
[Reso/ittioKS of the City Comtcil No. I2J, 188^.} 

[April 6, 1885.] No. 128. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Abraham H. Granger to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April 6, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Abraham H. Granger of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be apphed under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Granger, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Abraham H. Granger 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City ConticU No. 128, fS8S-] 

[Aprii «, 1885.] No. izg. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
David Frew to the North Burial Ground Fond. (Approved April 6, 
1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of David Prew of the sum of seventy-five 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
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the name of the said David Prcw, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the David Prew fund. 
[Rcsolntions of the City Council No. I2g, l88S-\ 

[April 20, 1885.] No, 155. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Rebecca H. Danforth to the North Burial Ground. (Approved April 
20, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Rebecca B. Danforth of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of the said Dajiforth, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Rebecca B. 
Danforth fund. 
\Resolittions of the City Co 11 mil No. 155, r88S-] 

[April 20, 1885.] No. 156. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Samuel Dyson and George Hemingway to the North Burial Ground 
fund. (Approved April 20, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Samuel Dyson and George Hemingway 
of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the names of said Dyson and Heming- 
way, in said groimd, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name 
of the Dyson and Hemingway fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 156, 1885.] 

lAprll 20, 1885.] No. 157. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Harriet A. Taft to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 
20, 1885.) 

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dred dollars, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of the heirs of Oliver Earle and 
J(An A. Taft, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under 
the name of the Earle and Taft fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 15J, 1885.^ 

IMay 6, 1880.] No. 179. Resolution accepting the Gift of Wil- 
liam H, Evans to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 6, 
1885-) 

Resolved, That the gift of William H, Evans of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Evans, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the William H. Evans fund. 
[Resolutions' of the City Council No. lyg, 188$.] 

(May «, 1885.] No, 180. Resolution accepting the Gift of Cars- 
line E, Makepeace to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
May 6, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Caroline E, Makepeace, of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Makepeace, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Caroline E. 
Makepeace fund. 
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[May «, 1886.] No. iSr. Resolution accepting the gift of Wil- 
liam Paisley to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 6, 
■885) 

Resolved, That the gift of William Paisley, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Paisley, in said ground be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the William Paisley fund. 
[Resoliilions of the City Council No. 181, l88§.] 

[June 1 1, 1885.] In City Council. No. 238. Resolution to trans, 
fer the Thomas Grace North Burial Ground Fund to the Ferdinand 
Potter Fund. (Approved June 11, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the fund known as the Thomas Grace fund, held in 
trust by the commissioners of the North Burial Ground for the care and 
preservation of the burial lot in said ground lately standing in the name 
of Thomas Grace, be hereafter known as the Ferdinand Potter fund, the 
income thereof to be applied to the care of said lot, which has been con- 
veyed by deed duly recorded from said Grace to said Ferdinand Potter. 
[Resolutions of the City Coumit No. 2jS, /S82.] 

[June 8, 1880.] No. 252. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground, upon the Receipts and Expenditures of 
the income from Trust Fund. (Presented June 8, 1885.) 

City Council file, June 18, 1885. 
[Resohtiions of the City Council No. 252, /^5.] 

[June 8, 1885.1 No. 253. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground, upon the Trust Fund. (Presented June 
8, 1885.) 

City Council file, June 18, 1885 
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[Jane 20, 1885.] No. 272, Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Orra I. Angell to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 
20, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Orra I. Angell, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Angell, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Orra J. Angell fund. 
[Resolulions of the City Council No. 2^2, 1885.] 

[Jane 20, 1885.] No. 273. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
William B. Cranston's heirs to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved June 20, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William B. Cranston's hmrs, of the sum 
of one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to te applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said heirs, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the William B. 
Cranston's heirs fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 27J, 1885.1 

{June 20, 1885.] No. 274. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Ellen H. Cunliff to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 
20, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Ellen H. Cunliff, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 



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Standing in the name of Joseph Cunliff in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Joseph Cunliff fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2J4, 1885.] 

[jDDe 20, 188S.] No. 375. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Peter Vennerbeck to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
June 20, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Peter Vennerbeck, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Vennerbeck, in said ground be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Peter Venner- 
beck fund. 
[Resolutions of tlif City Council No. 275, iSSS-} 

[July 8, 1885.] No. 304. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Elizabeth B, Burt to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
July 8, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth B. Burt, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Burt in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Elizabeth B. Burt fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 304, /&?5.] 

(July 8, 1885.] No. 305. Resolution accepting the Gift of Ann 
P. Wood to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 8, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Ann P. Wood of the sum of three hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
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of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the building lot stand- 
ing in the name of the heirs of Israel Amsbury, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the heirs of Israel Ams- 
bury fund. 
[Res0lutio7is of the City Comtcil No. JO^, /88^.] 

[September 12,1885.] No. 400. Resolution accepting the Gift 
of Harriet A, Brownell to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 12, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Harriett A. Brownell, of the sum of two 
hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of heirs of Eleanor Field, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the heirs of Eleanor 
Field fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 400, f88§.] 

[September 12, 1885.] No. 401. Resolution accepting the Gift 
of Alice Gartside to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 12, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Alice Gartside, of the sum of two hun- 
dred and forty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preser\'ation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Alice, William 2d and Sarah A. Gartside and 
Frances Ramsey Gartside, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the heirs of Alice Gartside fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council, No. ^1, t^5.'\ 

[September 12, 1885.] No. 402. Resolution accepting the Gift 
of Avis L. Harris, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
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Resolved, That the gift of Avis L. Harris of the sum of six hundred 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of the heirs of Batez Harris, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Avis L. Harris fund. 
[Resolutions of t/te City Council No. 402, 1885.} 

[September 12,1885.] No. 403. Resolution accepting the Gift 
(jf Quincy Parker to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 12, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Quincy Parker, of the sum of one hundred 
and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of the said Parker in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Quincy Parker fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 403, 1885.^ 

iNovember 7, 1885.] No. 488. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Charles I. Burlingame to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 7, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Charles I. Burlingame, of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Burlingame, in said ground be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Charles I. Burlingame 
fund. 
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[December 5, 1885.] No. 567. Resolution accepting the Gift 
of Mary C. Bragg to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December 5, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary C, Bragg, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Bragg, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Mary C. Bragg fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. $6j, /^5.] 

[December 6, 1885.] No. 568. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Robert Harris, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved December 5, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Robert Harris, executor, of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Nathaniel Gushing Harris, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Nathaniel Gushing Harris fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Comml No. 568, /SSj.] 

[December 5, 1885.] No. 569. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Elizabeth Hitchen to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December 5, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth Hitchen, of the sum of fifty 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
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the name of said Hitchen, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Elizabeth Hitchen fund. 
[Resolutions of the City CouttcH No. sSg, l885.\ 

[December A* 188ff-I ^O- 57°. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Mary A. Penniman and Adin Alexander to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved December 5, 1885.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary A. Penniman and Adin Alexander, 
of the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of 
the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Penniman 
and Alexander, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the Penniman and Alexander fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. $70, l885\ 

iJanuary "i, 1886.1 No. 607. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Mary E. Peck to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved January 
2, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary E. Peck, of the sum of seventy-five 
dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Peck in said ground, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the Mary E. Peck fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 6oy, l886.\ 

[February 1, 1886.] For the annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec, 31, 1885 see No, 
63, resolutions of 1886 presented Feb. i, 1886. Ordered printed Jan. 
6, 1886. Resolutions No. 4. 
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[Februarr 20, 1886.1 No. 71. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
William B. Crowell, Executor, Susan A. Williams and Alonzo Crowell 
to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved February 20, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William B, Crowell, executor, Susan A. 
Williams and Alonzo Crowell, of the sum of one hundred and fifty 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of Harrison G. Williams in said ground be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Harrison G. Williams fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. yt, 1886.] 

[April 10, 1886.1 No. 142. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Albert P. Hawkins to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
AprU 19, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Albert P. Hawkins, of the sum of one 
hundred and hfty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Hawkins, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of Albert P. Hawkins 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. 142, 18^.] 

[April 10, 1886.) No. 143. Resolution accepting the Gift <^ 
Marie E. Luft, Executrix, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved April 19, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Marie E. Luft executrix, of the sum of 
one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
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burial lot standing in the name of said Luft, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Marie E. Luft fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 143, /51S5.] 

[April 19, 1880.1 No, 144. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Esther H. Pierce and Elmira F. Fierce to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved April 19, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Esther H. Pierce and Elmira F. Pierce, 
of the sum of five hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the pre3er\'ation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of George A. Pierce and the heirs 
of William G. Pierce, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the George A. and Heirs of William G, Pierce fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council Xo. T44, 1886.] 

[April 19, 18860 ^'^' '45- Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Rufus Waterman, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April ly, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Rufus Waterman, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and twenty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of one 
fourth of the burial lot standing in the name of John Barstow, Alexis 
Caswell, Freeman Foster and Richard Waterman, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Richard Water- 
man fund. 
[Resolutions of tlic City Couticil No. 145, l8Sb.\ 

[April 19, 1880.] No. 168. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
William Kenyon to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 
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Resolved, That the gift of William Kenyoii, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Kenyon, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the William Kenyon fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 168, 18^.] 

[April 19, 1886.] No. 169. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Amos Maker and Amanda A. Chatman to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved April 19, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Amos Maker and Amanda G. Chatman, 
of the sum of ninety dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the names of said Maker and Chatman in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name ofthe 
Maker and Chatman fund, 
{Resolutions of the City Council No. l6g, 1886.] 

[April 30, 1886.] Chapter 594. An Act in Amendment of 
Chapter 475 of the Public Laws, entitled "An Act Providing for the 
Burial of any Honorably Discharged Soldier or Sailor who shall here- 
after die without leaving means to defray necessary funeral expenses." 
It is enacted by the Genera! Assembly as follows : 

Section i. Nothing in chapter 475 of the Public Laws passed at 
the January Session, 1885, shall be construed to require the town treas- 
urer of the town of Cranston to pay any money to meet the funeral 
expenses of, or the erection of any headstone for any person who shall 
have died at any of the state institutions in said Cranston, unless ad- 
mitted or committed from said town, but the treasurer of the town or 
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committed shall be liable for and shall pay the funeral expenses and for 
the erection of a headstone as provided in said chapter 475. [Acts of 
General Assembly, January Session, 1886, page IJ^ Original act 
passed April 2, l88S- Amendment Marck g, l8<)2. See extract from 
General Laws, Ed. of l8g6, in effect February /,] 

[Hay 24, 188(1.] No. 241. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Susan Moflfitt to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved May 24, 
1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Susan Moffitt of the sum of one hundred 
and seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof, to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Moflfitt, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Susan Moffitt fund, 
[Resohttions of the City Council ^^o. 241, 1886.^ 

[May 24, 1886.] No. 242. Resolution accepting the Gift of Mar- 
garet R. Pierce to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 
24, 1886,) 

Resolved, That the gift of Margaret R. Pierce of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Pierce in said ground be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Margaret R. Pierce fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 242, /<SS5.] 

[Hay 24, 1886.] No. 243. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Sarah F. Atkinson to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
May 24, 1886.) 

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hundred and thirty dollars, to t^e commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Atkinson, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Sarah F. Atkinson 
fund, 
[ResolntioHs of the City Council No. 243, l886:\ 



[May 24, 1886.] No, 244. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Mary A. Sherman to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
May 24, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary A. Sherman of the sum of one 
hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Sherman, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Mary A. Sherman fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coutuil No. 244, 1S86.] 

[May 24, 1886.] No. 245. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Lydia A, Cook to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Presented May 
24, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Lydia A. Cook of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisionsof chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Cook, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Lydia A, Cook fund. 
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[Juue 7, 1880.] No. 271. Report of the J<Mnt Committee on 
North Kurial Ground relative to Destruction of Trees in said Ground. 
(Presented June 7, 1886.) 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence: 

The joint committee on the North Burial Ground, to whom at the 
last regular meeting of the council was referred the resolution inquiring 
into the matter, of the destruction of trees in the North Burial Ground, 
report : 

That they have consulted with the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground as to their action in regard to such destruction, with the 
reasons therefor, and beg leave to present the statement of the com- 
missioners over their signatures with this report. 
For the Committee, 

Albert G. Carpenter, Chairman. 

(COMMUNICATION.) 

To Albert G. Carpenter, Esq., Chairman of Standing Committee on 
North Burial Ground : 

Dear Sir: The undersigned commissioners of the North Burial 
ground herewith return to you the resolution offered in common council 
May 17, in relation to the destruction of trees in said ground. 

In answer thereto we would say that it is and has been our constant 
endeavor in the management of the ground to avoid cutting down any 
healthy trees, unless it appeared to be absolutely necessary for the per- 
manent improvement of the ground. 

In regard to the Ridge walk, so called, we would say that when we 
entered upon our duties as commissioners we found the beauty of said 
ridge walk as a whole absolutely and irretrievably destroyed by a large 
cutting which had previously been made through it, thereby separating 
the southern portion from the rest, and this southern portion was other- 
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After carefully considering the matter, it was decided that the best 
thing to be done would be the entire removal of the said southern por- 
tion, thereby necessitating the cutting down of more or less trees. 

Among other reasons which led to this conclusion was the fact that 
the city council had but recently refused to purchase a lot of land in 
the immediate vicinity of this prart of the ground upon which was a 
large amount of sand urgently needed for filling purposes. 

Finding, therefore, that the condition of the Ridge walk could not 
be improved by retaining this southern portion and that the material 
could be used very advantageously, the above mentioned course was 
decided upon. 

In conclusion we would say that we earnestly invite inspection of 
our work by members of the city government, and we are confident 
that had the mover of this resolution made inquiry of either member 
of the commission a satisfactory explanation of our work could have 
been given. 

Very respectfully, 

John W. Briggs, 

Gorham Thurber, 

Oren Westcott, 

Commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 

Providence June 7, 1886. 

[Resolutions of the City Council A'o. 2yi, l886,'\ 

[Jone 7, 1886.] No. 272. Report of the Joint Committee on the 
North Burial Ground, relative to the Enlargement of the "Prescott 
Post Lot." (Presented June 7, 1886.) 
To the Honorable the City Council. 

The joint standing committee on the North Burial ground, to whom 
on the 7th of September, 1885, was referred the message of the mayor 
relative to " soldiers or sailors buried in places used for the burial of 
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find that under the statute passed by the general assembly, at the May 
session, 1885, such bodies of honorably discharged soldiers or sailors as 
are buried in pauper ground must be removed therefrom. 

There is a lot in the North Burial ground known as the "Prescott 
Post lot." It has been suggested that bodies above mentioned be buried 
therein ; but the present size of the lot, 40 x 60 feet, is none too large to 
hold ihe bodies of those that will eventually be buried therein by the 
different posts of the grand army of the repubhc. 

Your Committee, therefore, recommend that the said " Prescott Post 
lot " be enlarged by annexing to it the present Police Association lot, 
giving the Police Association a lot nearer the French monument, in 
exchange. 

The estimated cost of moving the monument on the Prescott Post 
lot, in order to bring it to the centre of said lot when enlarged, grading, 
turfing, etc., is four hundred and sixty dollars. 

Your committee desire to express their thanks to the gentlemen of 
the Prescott Post and the Providence Police Association for their hearty 
co-operation in this matter. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Albert G. Carpenter, Chairman. 
[Resolutions of the City Couttcil No. 272, 18S6,] 

[Jnne 28, 1 886.] No. 273. Resolution Authorizing the Com- 
missioners of the North Burial Ground to Enlarge the " Prescott Post 
Lot," (Approved June 28, i886.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North Burial Ground are 
hereby authorized to increase the size of the Prescott Post lot, so called 
according to the plans of the city engineer, which includes an exchange 
of lots with the Providence Police Association ; the expense of the same 
provided it is not over five hundred dollars, to be paid out of the appro- 
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buried in the Prescott Post lot, when so enlarged, all the bodies of hon- 
orably discharged soldiers and sailors, now interred in pauper ground, 
[Resolutions of the City Conmil No. ^-/J, iS^.^ 

[Jtune 28, 1886.] No. 277. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Fannie Christie to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 
28, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Fannie Christie, of the sum of one hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
ing in the name of heirs of William Christie, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the heirs of William Christie 
fund. 
\Resolutiom of the City CoiiikU No. 2yy, 1886.] 

[Jone 28, 1886.1 No. 278. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Harriet M. Gardner to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved 
June 28, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Harriet M. Gardner, of the sum of one 
hundred and forty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Gardner, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Harriet M. Gardner 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2j8, /<^.] 

[June 28( 1886.] No. 279. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Ann E. Merrill to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved June 
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Resolved, That the gift of Ann E. Merrill, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and forty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisitms 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Merrill, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of Ann E. Merrill fund. 
[Resohttiom of the City CouitcU No. 2yg, 1886.] 

[June 2S| 1886.1 No. 280. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Jane B. Tilley, Executri.\ to the Nonh Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved June 28, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Jane B, Tilley, executrix of the sum of 
three hundred dollars, to the ccHnmissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
oi chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of William J. Tilley, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the William J. 
Tilley fund. 
{Resolutions 0/ tlu- City Council No. 280, 1886.] 

[June 28, 1886.] No. 304. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures of the 
Trust Fund. (Presented June 38, 1886.) 

City Council file, July i, 1886. 
[Resolutions of (lie City Council No. 304, 1886.] 

[June 28, 1880.] No. 305. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Funds. (Presented June 
28, 1886.) 

City Council file, July 1, 1886. 
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[July 3, 1886.] No. 313. Resolution Accepting the Gilt of 
Executors of Will of Charlotte R. Goddard, to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved July 3, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of executors of the will of Charlotte R. 
Goddard, of the sum of five hundred dollars, to the commissioners of 
the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial lot standing in the name of Mary A. God- 
dard, in said ground be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the Charlotte R. Goddard fund. 
\Resolntions of the City Coinuil No. 313. l886^ 

LJuly 3, 1886.] No. 314. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
James M. Holroyd, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
July 3, 18S6.) 

Resolved, That the gift of James M. Holroyd, of the sum of three 
hundred and seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said Holroyd, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the James M. 
Holroyd fund. 
{Rcsobitiom of the City Council No. ^r^, 1886.] 

[July 17, 1886.1 "^o. 342. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Benjamin ilrown to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 
17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Benjamin Brown, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
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burial lot standing in the name of the said Brown in said ground, be 

and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Benjamin Brown 

fund. 

{Resolutions of lite City Coinui! No. J42, 1886.] 

[July 17. 1888.] No. 343. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Lucy Ann Butts to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 
17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Lucy Ann Butts, of the sum of two hun- 
dred dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of the said Butts, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Lucy Ann Butts fund. 
[Resolittiofis of the City Council A'o. 343, l8^.\ 

[July 17, 1880.J No. 344. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Elizabeth A. Gammell and Hope B. Russell to the North Burial 
Ground Fund. (Approved July 17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth A. Gammell and Hope B. Russell, 
of the sum of one thousand dollars to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said Gammell and Russell, in 
said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Gammell and Russell fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 344, 1886.] 

[July 17, 1886.] No. 345. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
B. B. Hammond and M. G. Gladding, Executors to the North Burial 
Ground Fund. (Approved July 17, 1886.) 

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executors, of the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars, to the commis- 
sioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be 
applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the 
preservation and care of four burial lots standing in the name of R. M. 
Gladding, George F. and B. H. Gladding, Florence Mahoney and Wil- 
liam E. Jillson, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the Gladding Mahoney and Jillson fund. 
[Resolntions of the City Comtcii No. 345, /S86.] 

[July 17, 1886.] No. 346. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Mary A. Soule to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 
17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary A. Soule, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Mary A. Soule, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of Mary A. Soule fund. 
[Resoitiliotts of the City CoimcH No. 3^, r886.\ 

[September 17. 1880.] No. 410. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Hannah Pope to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Hannah Pope, of the sum of one hundred 
and twenty-five dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of William Pope, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the William Pope fund. 
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[September 17, ISSfl.] No. 41 1. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Anna P. Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved Sep- 
tember 17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Anna P. Smith, of the sum of two hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Catherine James, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Catherine James fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 4/ 1, 18S6.} 

[September 17, 1886.] No. 412. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Sidney McKnight to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sidney McKnight, of the sum of fifty 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said McKnight, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Sidney McKnight fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 412, 1SS6.] 

[September 17, 1886.] No. 413. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of George T. Paine Administrator, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 

(Approved September 17, 1SS6.) 

Resolved, That the gift of George T. Paine Administrator, of the 
sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
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Curtis, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the Greenwood and Curtis fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 413, /<SS5.] 

[September 1 7, 1880.] No. 414. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Edward D, Williams to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Edward D. Williams, of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of 
chapter 367 of the public laws, to the presen-ation and care of the 
burial. lot standing in the name of said Williams in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Edward D. Williams 
fund.' 
[Resolutions of the City Council A'o. 414, l88t.\ 

[September 17, 188G.] No. 415. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Robert P. Williams to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 17, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Robert P. Williams, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of the said Williams, in said ground, be and the same is 
hereby accepted under the name of the Robert P. Williams fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coutuil, No. 41 5, !8^.\ 

[October 2, 1886.] No. 429. Resolution Authorizing the City 
Treasurer to Purchase a Lot in the North Burial Ground. (Approved 

October 2, 1886.) 

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purchase of the owners, lot number one hundred and seventy-two, group 
number twelve, for a sum not exceeding twenty-four dollars, and charge 
the same to the North Burial Ground Sinking Fund. 
[Resolulions of the City Council No. 42g, I^.\ 

(October 25, 188«.] No. 477. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Robert H. Lee to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Octo- 
ber 35, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Robert H. Lee, of the sum of three hun- 
dred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Lee, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the Robert H. Lee fund. 
[Risoiiitions of the City Council No. 4JJ, 1886.] 

[October 2B, 18SO.] No. 478. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Abby F. Sessions, Administratrix, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved October 25, 1886,) 

Resolved, Thai the gift of Abby F. Sessions, administratrix, of the 
sum of one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Thomas Sessions, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Thomas Ses- 
sions fund. 
[RcsolulioHs of the City Council No. .fj8, l886.'\ 

[October 25, 1886.1 No. 479. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
Emily A. Hopkins to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 35, i886.) 

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five doilars, to the cominissi oners of the North Burial Ground, in tnist, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Hopkins, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Emily A. Hopkins fund. 
[Resolntidns of the City Council No. 4jg, 1886.^ 

[October 35, 1886.) No. 480. Resolution accepting the Gift of 
William C. Hammond and Simeon M. Pike to the North Burial Ground 
Fund, (Approved October 25, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William C. Hammond and Simeon M. 
Pike of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Hammond 
and Pike, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the Hammond and Pike fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Conneil No. <f8o, iSSt.'] 

[December 7, 1886.] Chapter CCCXXXIV. No. 536. An 
Ordinance Providing for the Perpetual Care of the Prescott Post Lot in 
the North Burial Ground. (Approved December 7, r886.) 
It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as follows : 

Section 1. The commissioners of the North Burial Ground are 
hereby directed to have perpetual care taken of the Prescott Post lot in 
the North burying ground. 

Sec. 2.' All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent here- 
with are hereby repealed. 
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[December 31, 1880.] No. 578. Resolution Granting Permis- 
sion to the North Burial Ground Commissioners to lay a Railway Track 
Across North Grove Street. . (Approved December 31, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North Burial ground are 
hereby given permission to construct a temporary railway across North 
Grove street, in order to facilitate the transportation of sand and gravel 
to be used in filling and grading in the North burial Ground. 
[Resolutions of the City Comuil No. 5j8, 1886.] 

[December 3t, 1886.] No. 579. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Mary R. Beattie to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved 
December 31, 1886.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary R. Beattie of the sum of one hun- 
dred and twenty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
south half of the burial lot standing in the names of Walter and John 
Beattie in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the John Beattie fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^~p, /8S6.] 

[January 1, 1887.1 Ordinances of 1887. Chapter VII. Burial 
Grounds. 

Section i. The North Burial Ground estate, as the same now is or 
hereafter may be constituted by any purchases to be made by the city 
of Providence or other parties, or any donations for and on behalf 
thereof, and the Hopkins Burial Ground, being the lot of land conveyed 
to the town of North Providence by Admiral Ezek Hopkins, by deeti 
recorded in the record of deeds in said town in book of dee<ls 2, [jage 
377. shall be under the care, control and direction of the commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground and of the superintendent of the North 
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services and attendance to the protection, maintenance, improvement 
and proper use of the grounds within said estates, and to maintaining 
and enforcing all ordinances and regulations applicable thereto under 
the direction of said commissioners. 

Sec, 2.- The said commissioners shall exercise a general supervision 
over said burial grounds, see that all ordinances, regulations and resolu- 
tions of the city council in relation thereto are duly enforced, and do all 
acts necessary and proper for the improvement ana protection of the 
grounds, avenues and fences thereof. Said commissioners shall annually, 
in the month of January make a report to the city council of the condi- 
tion of the said burial grounds, which report shall contain an accurate 
detailed account of all moneys expended by said commissioners, in pur- 
suance of the authority given by this chapter, and the general purposes 
of such expenditure; and also such other information as said commis- 
sioners shall deem expedient. 

Sec. 3. The said commissioners are authorized to purchase such 
horses, cattle, carts and other vehicles, and all such tools and imple- 
ments as may be necesssry for the proper care and management of said 
burial grounds ; and all such property, so purchased, shall belong to the 
city of Providence, The said commissioners are also authorized to em- 
ploy such workmen as they may deem necessary in laying out and 
caring for said burial grounds, and in keeping the lots, fences, monu- 
ments and avenues therein in proper order, and in doing such new work 
as they may contract to perform. 

Sec 4, All rents collected from said burial grounds, all fees or 
rewards of any kind derived therefrom, paid to the superintendent of 
said burial grounds, or to any other person, and all income of whatever 
description derived from said burial grounds, shall be paid to the city 
treasurer of the city of Providence, and together with the sums received 
from the sale of lots in said burial grounds, less five cents per square 
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stitute the North Burial Ground improvement fund. Said five cents 
per square foot not going to constitute the said North Burial Ground 
improvement -fund, is hereby appropriated as a sinking fund for the 
extinguishment of any indebtedness of the city already contracted, or 
which may hereafter be contracted, principal or interest, on account of 
the purchase of land for said burial grounds. 

Sec. 5- Said commissioners are authorized to expend said North 
Burial Ground improvement fund each year, in the payment of salaries 
and in the improvement and protection of the grounds, avenues and 
and fences of said burial grounds ; and the city treasurer is hereby 
directed to pay the same from time to time upon the order of said com- 
missioners. 

Sec. 6. The said commissioners are authorized to appoint one of 
their own number treasurer, who shall keep all books and accounts, 
which it may be necessary for said commissioners to have kept, relating 
to said burial grounds, draw all drafts upon the city treasurer for all 
moneys over which said commissioners ha\e the control, and make up 
and render all reports required to be made and rendered by said com- 
missioners. The said treasurer shall receive an annual salary of three 
hundred dollars, payable quarterly from said North Burial Ground im- 
pro\'en)ent fund. 

Sec. 7. The superintendent of the North Burial Ground shali be 
appointed by the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, and shall 
hold his ofRce during the pleasure of said commissioners. He shall 
perform such duties, in addition to those prescribed by the ordinances of 
the city, as said commissioners shall require, and shali receive such 
salary as said commissioners shall determine, not exceeding fifteen hun- 
dred dollars per annum payable quarterly, from the said North Burial 
Ground Improvement fund, in addition to house and garden rent. 

Sec. 8. The superintendent shall keep a record, in a book to be 
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the said burial grounds, stating the name, residence, occupation, age, the 
date and, as near as may be, the place of interment, of each person 
buried with any other circumstances which said commissioners shall 
direct. 

Sec. 9. The superintendent under the direction of said commis- 
sioners, shall keep the fences around the said burial grounds in proper 
repair, and the gates thereof locked ; he shall report to the chief of 
police every violation of this chapter, as soon as may be, that the same 
may be prosecuted ; and he shall act in conformity with the directions 
of said commissioners, in all cases not otherwise specially provided for. 

Sec. 10. The superintendent shall receive the fees for digging all 
graves dug in the said burial grounds, being the sum usually charged 
for such service ; and also the sum of one dollar for assisting in select- 
ing and for marking out and granting a certificate for a deed of each 
lot in said burial grounds, — said fees to be paid by the parties for 
whom the service is rendered, — and also the sum of twenty-five cents 
for every other certificate which he may give in his official capacity, 
and shall pay on the first Monday of each month all such fees into the 
city treasury. 

Sec. r I. The superintendent shall keep an exact account of all fees 
received by him in pursuance of the provisions of this chapter, and shall 
on the first Monday of each month transmit a copy of the same to the 
city treasurer and to the treasurer of the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground. 

Sec. 12, No person shall take up, hold or own any lot within said 
burial grounds, except for the purpose of using the same in good faith 
for a burying lot ; nor shall any transfer or sale of any lot therein be 
made without leave first had and obtained in writing from said commis- 
sioners. 

Sec. 13. No person shall remove any stake, post, bound or fence 
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mission of said commissioners or of the superintendent, ror mutilate, 
deface or injure the same, or any monument, tree, shrub or other thing 
intended for protection, improvement or ornament placed therein, nor 
commit any trespass or injury within or upon said ground or any part 
thereof. 

Sec. 14. No person shall erect or build any vault or tomb within 
the limits of said burial grounds, nor inclose any part or portion thereof, 
without leave first had and obtained from said commissioners, which 
leave shall be first certified by said commissioners to the superintendent 
of said ground ; and no person shall rent or let for money or other valu- 
able consideration, or permit to be let or occupied for money or other 
valuable consideration, any tomb or vault or any place or apartment 
therein, within the limits of the North Burial Ground, without leave 
first had and obtained in writing from said commissioners. 

Sec. 15. No grave shall be dug, nor any body buried in or upon 
any avenue, path or passage-way in the said burial grounds ; and any 
body so buried shall be removed by the superintendent or by said 
commissioners, at the expense of the person or persons burying or 
procuring the same to be buried. 

Sec, 16. No grave shall be dug, nor any body buried within said 
burial grounds, excepting in and upon lots of proprietors, unless the 
place of such grave or burial be located under the direction of said 
superintendent or of said commissioners. 

Sec. 17. ' Any person who shall dig or commence or attempt to dig 
any grave in said burial grounds, except by authority of the superin- 
tendent, shall pay a fine of five dollars for each offence. 

Sec. 18. All graves within the North Burial Ground estate, includ- 
ing those within proprietor's grounds, shall be dug by the superintendent 
or his agents, e.\cept those for the poor from the Dexter Asylum, which 
shall be done at the expense and by the agents of the asylum, in that 
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Sec. 19. Every person who shall violate any of the provisions of 
this chapter, except those contained in the seventeenth section thereof, 
shall pay to the use of the city a fine of not less than ten nor more than 
twenty dollars ; and shall be personally liable in addition for any damage 
or injury done by him as a consequence of such violation to the said 
burial grounds, or any of the lots therein or the appurtenances thereof. 

Chapter VIII. Committees of the City Council. 

Section i. There shall be annually appointed by the city council, 
immediately after the organization of the city government, the following 
joint standing committees, who shall hold (heir offices until the expira- 
tion of the current municipal year, viz : a committee on finance ; a com- 
mittee on highways ; a committee on education ; a committee on the 
fire department ; a committee on city property ; a committee on police ; 
a committee on ordinances; a committee on claims; a committee on 
printing; a committee on parks; a committee on railroads; a com- 
mittee on sewers ; a committee on the north burial ground ; a committee 
on the harbor ; a committee on lamps ; a committee on water ; each of 
which committees shall consist of four members of the common coimcil 
and one alderman ; also a committee on the city debt, which shall con- 
sist of the mayor, the president of the board of aldermen, the president 
of the common council, the chairman of the joint standing committee 
on finance, and one member of the common council to be appointed by 
the president thereof; and a committee on the city engineer's depart- 
ment, to consist of the mayor, the president of the board of aldermen, 
the president of the common council, the chairman of the joint standing 
committees on highways and sewers, and one member of the common 
council to be appointed by the president thereof. 

Sec. 2. The board of aldermen shall constitute the advising com- 
mittee on bridges, and the said board shall cause all the public bridges 
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expend in any one year on any bridge, except a draw-bridge, more than 
five hundred dollars, nor on any draw-bridge more than seven hundred 
and fifty dollars, unless empowered to do so by the city council. 

Sec. 3. Joint committees whether standing or special, shall have 
power to elect their own chairman, and in default of such election, the 
the member first named on a committee shall be chairman thereof, and 
in case of his resignation or inability, the other members in the order in 
which they are named, shall act as chairman. 

Sec. 4. Joint standing committees shall cause a record of their pro- 
ceedings to be kept in a book to be provided by the city for that pur- 
pose, and no report shall be received unless agreed to in committee 
actually assembled. 

Sec. 5. Every joint committee to whom any subject shall have been 
referred shall report thereon within four weeks to the branch making 
such reference, or shall ask for further time; and all joint special com- 
mittees shall report to the city council at least once in three months, 
the condition of the matter referred to them, and shall, also, annually, 
in the month of January, make to the city council a full report of the 
matter referred to them and shall thereupon be ipso facto discharged 
from the further consideration of the matter referred to them unless 
they shall by joint resolution be continued as such special committee. 

Sec. 6. All reports and other papers submitted to the council shall 
be written in a fair hand, and on separate sheets of paper, and shall be 
suitably indorsed by the member presenting the same ; and no other 
indorsement or report of any kind shall be made on the reports, 
memorials or other papers which may be referred to any joint com- 
mittee, except such as may be made by the clerk of either board of the 
city council. All reports shall be signed by the writer thereof, unless 
otherwise ordered by the committee. 

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any bill or account against the city for services or supplies, unless the 
same shall have been ordered by the committee, nor shall he approve 
any bill or account except by vote of the committee. 

Sec. 8. There shall be elected annually, in the month of January, 
by ballot in each branch of the city council, a joint committee on ac- 
counts, to consist of two on the part of the board of aldermen and five 
on the part of the common council, whose duty it shall be to meet once 
a month and as much oftener as they may deem expedient. 

Chapter XIV. Finances. 

Sec 4. No money shall be paid out of the city treasury, except in 
the cases provided in this chapter, unless the expenditures or the terms 
of the contract shall be vouched by the head of the department, and the 
■ chairman of the committee or commission under whose authority the 
same has been authorized and made, nor unless the same shall have 
been examined by the city auditor, approved by the committee on ac- 
counts and drawn for by the mayor : provided, that in all cases when it 
is necessary for money to be paid in advance for contracts made or for 
work begun, but not completed, the mayor may, upon being satisfied of 
such necessity, draw upon the city treasury for the amount thus required 
to be advanced, which draft shall be paid by the city treasurer, provided 
the same shall be countersigned by the city auditor, and the city auditor 
shall countersign all such drafts to an amount not exceeding three hun- 
dred dollars in any one case, but the city auditor shall not countersign 
any such draft for any sum exceeding three hundred dollars without the 
direction of the committee on accounts. 

Sec. 15. Whenever a contract is made by an officer of the city 
government, or by any committee or commission appointed by the city 
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materials furnished for the city, such officer, committee or commission 
shall deposit with the city auditor the contract itself or a certified copy 
thereof, before any payment shall be made thereon, to the end that the 
city auditor may see that the payments are made in accordance with 
the terms of the contract : provided, that the provision of this chapter 
shall not apply to contracts for the construction of water works for the 
city. 

Sec. 47, No committee or commission appointed by the city 
council, or either branch thereof, shall draw any money from the city 
treasury on account of any appropriation until the vouchers for which 
the expenditure is required sfiall be deposited with the city auditor. ' 

Sec. 48. All balances of money remaining in the treasury from 
general appropriations, and all taxes unpaid at the end of the financial 
year ; all receipts of money on account of the sale of real estate or 
buildings of any description now belonging or which may hereafter 
belong to the city, excepting the real estate now or hereafter belonging 
to the North Burial Ground or Roger Williams Park ; all receipts on 
account of the principal sum of any bond or note now owned or which 
may hereafter be owned by the city, shall be and the same are hereby 
appropriated to the payment or purchase of the city debt, and the city 
auditor shall annually pass to the credit of the committee on the city 
debt all receipts in money, the proceeds of either of the sources before- 
mentioned ; and the same so passed to the credit of said committee 
shall be drawn from the treasury of the city for the payment or pur- 
chase of the city debt, in the same manner as other money is drawn, 
and in no other mode, and for no other purpose whatever. 

Chapter XXXIV. Officers of the City and their duties. 

Section i. In conformity with the laws of the state, the following 
officers shall be annually elected by the city council, in addition to those 
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Sec 2. In addition to the officers named in the first section of this 
chapter, the city council shall elect annually in convention the following 
officers, to wit : 

Three commissioners of the North Burial Ground ; 
A commissioner of sinking funds who shall be elected for the term of 
three years. 

Sec 7. A commission shall issue to any person elected to any of 
the offices enumerated in this chapter. 

Sec. 8, Every person except port wardens so elected to office shall 
within thirty days after the date of his commission, duly engage himself 
to the faithful performance of the duties of his office before the dty 
clerk, who shall keep a record thereof. Port wardens, as required by 
statute, shall engage themselves before the mayor. 

Chapter XLVI. Registration of Deaths. 

Section r. There shall be appointed by the board of aldermen a 
sufficient number of persons to act as undertakers, removable at the 
pleasure of the board of aldermen. 

' Sec. 2. Whenever any person shall die in the city, the physician 
attending in his or her last sickness shall furnish to the undertaker 
attending the funeral, or to the city registrar, a certificate giving the 
name of the person, date of death, and the disease or cause of his or her 
death. 

Sec. 3. No person shall bury or place in a tomb, or remove from 
the city, or otherwise dispose of the body of any human being who shall 
die in the city, without first reporting the death to the city registrar, 
and obtaining a permit from him. 

Sec. 4. No permit shall be given, as provided in section three, 
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the deceased person, required by the laws of the state, for record, so far 
as the same can be ascertained, tc^ether with the physician's certificate 
of the cause of death, whenever a physician has been in attendance, or 
a coroner's certificate, whenever a coroner's inquest has been held. 

Whenever a permit for a burial is applied for, in a case of death 
without the attendance of a physician, or if it is impossible to obtain the 
physician's certificate, the city registrar shall investigate the case so far 
as may be necessary, and when he has obtained satisfactory evidence in 
relation to the cause and circumstances of the death, he shall sign the 
certificate and give the required permit. If not satisfied in relation to 
the cause and circumstances of the death, or if, in his opinion, the public 
good requu-es it, he shall report the case to a coroner for investigation. 

Sec. 5. Whenever the body of a human being who has died out of 
the city shall be brought here for burial, the undertaker, or other person 
attending the funeral shall furnish the report required in sections three 
and four, with the exception of the physician's certificate. 

Sec. 6. All funerals shall take place between surtrise and sunset, 
unless otherwise permitted or directed by the board of health. The top 
of every coffin deposited in the ground shall be at least three feet below 
the usual surface thereof. 

Sec. 7. The city registrar shall cause an abstract of the returns of 
death made to him to be published in all the newspapers which contract 
to do the city printing, monthly, and oftener if required by the board of 
health. He shall also, on or before the first day of April, annually, 
prepare and present to the city council a statement of the number of 
births, marriages and deaths which occurred in the city during the year 
ending with the thirty-first day of December next preceding, with such 
other information and suggestions in relation thereto as he may deem 
useful for the promotion of the public health, and other interests of the 
city. 

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buried the body of any deceased person in the city, except in such 
grounds as are or may be designated as burying grounds, and authorized 
to be used as such. 

Sec. 9- Every person violating any provision of this chapter shall 
pay a fine of not less than five nor more than twenty dollars for each 
offence. 

Chapter LVIII. Of the Repeal of Prior Ordinances. 

Section i. The provisions contained in this and the preceding 
chapters of this ordinance shall take effect and go into operation on and 
after the first day in January in the year eighteen hundred eighty-seven, 
unless otherwise in said ordinance expressly provided. 

Sec. 2. Such and so much of the ordinances contained in this 
revision as remain in sut>stance the same as before the revision, shall be 
deemed and taken to have continued in force from the time they were 
fir^t ordained and as if this revision had not been ftiade. 

Sec. 3. All ordinances and parts of ordinances, the subjects whereof 
are revised and reordained in this revision, or which are repugnant to 
the provisions therein contained, shall be repealed on and after the first 
day of January in the year eighteen hundred eighty-seven, with the 
exceptions and limitations hereinafter expressed. 

Sec. 4. In cases in which any provisions of this ordinance are made 
to go into operation at any time after the first day of January in the year 
eighteen hundred eighty-seven, the corresponding provisions, if any, of 
the repealed ordinances, shall continue in force until such new provis- 
ions shall go into operation except so far as is in this ordinance other- 
wise expressly provided. 

Sec. 5. The repeat of the ordinances hereinbefore referred to, or 
hereinafter enumerated, shall not affect any act done, or any right 
accruing or accrued, or acquired or established, or any remedy for any 
injury thereto, or any suit or proceeding had or commenced in any civil 
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Sec. 6. No offence committed, and no penalty, fine or forfeiture 
incurred under any of the ordinances hereby repealed, and before the 
time when such repeal shall take effect shall be affected by the repeal ; 
and no suit or prosecution pending at the time of said repeal for any 
offence committed, or for the recovery of any fine or penalty or for- 
feiture incurred under any of the ordinances hereby repealed, shall be 
affected by such repeal, except that the proceedings in such suit or 
prosecution shall be conformed when necessary to the provisions of this 
ordinance. 

Sec. 7. AH persons who, at the time when said repeal shall take 
effect, shall hold any office under any of the ordinances hereby repealed, 
shall continue to hold the same under the tenure thereof, except those 
offices which are abolished and those as to which a different proviaon 
is made by this ordinance. 

Sec. 8. No ordinance which has heretofore been repealed shall be 
revived by the repeal contained in this chapter of the ordinances hereby 
repealed. 

Sec. 9. The repeal in this chapter of any ordinance or part of an 
ordinance heretofore repealed, shall not be construed as a declaration or 
implication that such ordinance or part of an ordinance has been in 
force at any time subsequent to such first repeal. 

Sec. 10. Wherever any ordinance not herein repealed refers to 
and adopts any ordinance or part of an ordinance which is herein 
repealed, such ordinance or part of an ordinance so referred to and 
adopted shall not be deemed repealed by the provisions of this chapter, 
but shall be in force only so far as the same shall have been so adopted 
and for no other purpose, and so far only as is not repugnant to or 
inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance. 

Sec. II. The ordinance entitled "An ordinance comprising the 
ordinances of the city of Providence," ordained by the city council of 
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hundred seventy-five, unless otherwise in said ordinance expressly 
provided," containing chapters numbered from I to LIX, both inclusive 
is hereby repealed, subject to the provisions contained in the preceding 
sections of this chapter. 

Sec. 12. All the ordinances hereinafter mentioned described and 
entitled, and passed since the publication of said ordinance entitled "An 
ordinance comprising the ordinances of the city of Providence," in the 
year eighteen hundred seventy-five, are hereby repealed, subject to the 
provisions contained in the preceding sections of this chapter; that is 
to say : — 

Chap. 65. An ordinance in amendment of chapter VII entitled 
"Burial Grounds," in the ordinance entitled "An ordinance comprising 
the ordinances of the city of Providence," Approved April 27, 1875. 

Chapter 219. An ordinance in amendment of chapter VII of the 
ordinances of the city of Providence, relative to the use of vaults in the 
North Burial Ground. — Approved June 23, 1883. 

Chap. 232. An ordinance in amendment to chapter XIII of the 
ordinances, entitled "Committees of the city council," Approved Octo- 
ber 6, 1883. 



Rules and Regulations of the Board of Aldermen. Chapter i. 
Burials. 

1. All burials of the bodies of deceased persons in any burial 
ground within the limits of the city, except in Grace Church Cemetery, 
Locust Grove Cemetery, Swan Point Cemetery, the Hebrew Burial 
Ground and the North Burial Ground are hereby prohibited. 

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the North Burial Ground and Swan Point Cemetery, are hereby pro- 
hibited : provided that entombments may be made in Grace Church 
Cemetery, and the Old Catholic Cemetery on Douglas avenue, between 
the first day of April and the first day of November, upon condition 
that such bodies be removed from the tombs in which they are placed 
within forty-eight hours after their deposit therein ; and between the 
first day of November and the first day of April, on condition that such 
bodies be removed from such tombs on or before the twentieth day of 
April ensuing. 

3, Every person violating any of the provisions of the two next 
preceding rules shall, for each offence, pay a fine of not less than ten 
nor more than twenty dollars, or be imprisoned not less than ten nor 
more than sixty days. 

4. The Female Academy of the Sacred Heart of Providence, 
Rhode Island, may use for the purpose of burial a certain parcel of land 
located on the Elmhurst estate, owned by said Female Academy of the 
Sacred Heart, measuring about twelve feet by twenty-one feet enclosed 
by a wooden fence, and located near the orchard on said Elmhurst 
estate. 

\Ordittances of the City of Provide tue, Ed. l88y. City Clerk's Office.'] 

[January 31, 1887.] For the annual report of the commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1886 see 
No. 44, Resolutions of 1887, presented Jan. 31, 18S7. Ordered 
printed Jan. 4, 1887, Resolutions No. 4. 

{Rcsohttions of the City Comicil Nos. 4 ^ 44, l88j.] 

[April 15, 1887.1 N». '53- Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Solon Carpenter, Administrator, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
("Approved April 15, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Solon Carpenter, administrator, of the 
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Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
oi chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Timothy H. Temple, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Timothy H. 
Temple fund. 
{Resolutions of the City Comtcil No. 153, /8S7.] 



[April 15, 1887.] No. 154. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Robert T. Thurber, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April 15, 1887.") 

Resolved, That the gift of Robert T. Thurber, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of William H. Thurber, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the William H. 
Thurber fund. 
[Resoiutions of the City Council No. 154, l88j.] 

[Mar 23t lt)87.] No. 218. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Sarah Jane Davis to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 
23, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah Jane Davis, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 
of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot stand- 
ing in the name of said Davis in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Sarah Jane Davis fund. 
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[May 23, 1S87.] No. 219. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Sarah M. Randall and Marinda E. Broadhurst to the North Burial 
Ground Fund. (Approved May 23, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah M. Randall and Marinda E. Broad- 
hurst, of the sum of one hundred and five dollars, to the commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Randall and 
Broadhurst in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under 
the name of the Randall and Broadhurst fund. 
[Resoititiotts of the City Council No. 2ig, 18S7.] 

[Jane 6, 1887.] No. 262. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Fund. (Presented June 6, 
1887.) 

City council file, June 16, 18S7. 
[Resolutiojis 0/ the City Council A^o. 262, l88j.] 

[June «, 1887.] No. 263. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures of the 
Trust Fund. (Presented June 6, 1887.) 

City council file, June 16, 1887. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 26J, fSS/.] 

[June ao, 1887.] No. 278. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Robert W. Wilbur to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
June 20, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Robert W. Wilbur, of the sum of fifty- 
two dollars and fifty cents, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 



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burial lot standing in the name of said Wilbur, in said ground, be and 

the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Robert W. Wilbur 

fund. 

[Resolutions of the City Couticil No. 2j8, iSSj.} 

[Jane 27, 1887.] No. 308. Report of the Committee on North 
Burial Ground upon the Petition of First Rhode Island Cavalry Veteran 
Association. (Presented June 27, 1887.) 
To the Honorable the City Council : 

The committee on the North Burial Ground, to whom on the 21st 
day of February, 1887, was referred the petition of the First Rhode 
Island Cavalry Veteran Association, asking for a location in the North 
Burial Ground, on which to erect a monument as a fitting testimonial to 
the memory of General Alfred N, Duffie, to commemorate the dis- 
tinguished services rendered by him to the State of Rhode Island, 
respectfully report : 

That Genera] Alfred N. Duflie, was a Frenchman by birth, and an 
adopted citizen of this state, from which he enlisted in the late war, and 
who served as colonel of the first R. I. Cavalry until promoted to 
Brigadier-General ; he was a brave and gallant soldier and rendered 
marked and distinguished services to both this state and nation and this 
association, his surviving comrades, desire to erect to his memory a 
monument similar to the French memorial now in the North Burial 
Ground. Therefore your committee recommend that the commissioners 
of the North burial ground be authorized to set apart a suitable lot, 
adjoining the French memorial lot for that purpose, and recommend the 
passage of the accompanying resolution. 

For the committee, 

Henry Cram, Chai 
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[July 6, 1887.] No. 309. Resolution Requesting the Commis- 
sioners on the North Burial Ground to Set Apart a Lot for the First 
Rhode Island Cavalry Association. (Approved July 6, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North burial ground be 
and they are hereby authorized to set apart a suitable lot adjoining the 
French tnemorial lot, for the First Rhode Island Cavalry Veteran Asso- 
ciation to erect thereupon a monument or memorial to the memory of 
General Alfred N. Duffie, and properly prepare the same for its recep- 
tion. 
{Resolutions of I he City Comicil No. 30^, /S8/.] 

[July 6, 1887.1 Chapter LXXXVII. No. 310. An Ordinance 
Providing for the Perpetual care of French Memorial and General 
Alfred N. Duffie Lots in the North Burial Ground. (Approved July 
6, 1887.) 
It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as follows : 

Section i. The commissioners of the North burial ground are 
hereby directed to have perpetual care taken of the so called French 
memorial lot and also of the General Alfred N. Duffie memorial lot, so 
soon as the contemplated monument for said lot shall have been com- 
pleted, both situated side by side in the North burial ground. 
[Resolutiotis of the City Comtcil No. 310, r88/.] 

[July 6, 1887.] No. 314. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
F. E. Anthony, Administrator, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved July 6, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of F. E. Anthony, administrator, of the sum 
of hundred and twenty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 



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of the burial lot standing in the name of Charlotte Benson Anthony, in 
said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Charlotte Benson Anthony fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 314, l88y.\ 

[Jalr 6, 1887.] No. 315. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
H. B. Dean, Executor, and Edwin Lovett to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved July 6, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of H. B. Dean, executor, and Edwin Lovett, 
of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the name of Harriet M. and Edwin 
Lovett, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the 
name of the Harriet M. and Edwin Lovett fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. J/J, 7.5^.] 

[Jaly 6, 1887.1 No. 316. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Sarah A. Waterman to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
July 6. 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah A. Waterman, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commbsioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of the said Waterman, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Sarah A. 
Waterman fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 316, 1887.] 

[July 18, 1887.] No. 347. Accepting the Gift of Martin K. 
Cowing to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 18, 1887.) 



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Resolved, That the gift of Martin K. Cowing, of the sum of mie 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Cowing, in said ground be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Martin K. Cowing 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. J^, /iS^.] 

[July 18, 1887.] No. 348. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Elizabeth S. Eells to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 
18, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Elizabeth S. Eells, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of William L. Eells, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the William L. 
Eells fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 348, /S8/.] 

[July SO, 1887.} No. 349. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Mrs. William Franccville and Thomas Merreweather to the North 
Burial Ground. (Approved July 20, 1887,) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mrs. William Franceville and Thomas 
Merreweather, of the sum of two hundred and thirty dollars, to the 
commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof 
to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public taws, to 
the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in the name of the 



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said Franceville and Merreweather, in said ground, be and the same is 

hereby accepted under the name of the Franceville and Merreweather 

fund. 

{ResoltitioHs of the City Council No. 34g, iSS/.] 

[Jnly 18, 1887.1 ^O- 350- Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Daniel W. Gilbert to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved July 
i8, i8«7.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Daniel W. Gilbert of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Gilbert, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Daniel W. Gilbert 
fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Coumil No. J^o, iSSj.] 

[July 18, 1887.] No. 351. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Joseph Watson to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved July 18, 
I88;.> 

Resolved, That the gift of Joseph Watson, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Watson, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Joseph Watson fund, 
{Resolutions of the City Council No. JJ/, l88j.] 

[September 10, 1887.] No. 449. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Charles I. Burlingame to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
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Resolved, That the gift of Charles I. Burlmgame, of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chap- 
ter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial 
tot standing in the name of said Burlingame, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Charles I. Burlingame 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 44g, t88j.^ 

[September 10, 1887.] No. 450. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Catherine H. Salisbury to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Ap- 
proved September 18, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the Gift of Catherine H. Salisbury, of the sum of 
one hundred and sixty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of 
the burial lot standing in the name of said Salisbury in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Catherme H. 
Salisbury fund. 
[Rcsolutiotis of the City Council No. 450, l88j.] 

[geptemlMr 10, 1887.] No. 451. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Mary Lees to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Septem- 
ber 10, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary Lees, of the sum of seventy-five 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Lees, in said ground, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the Mary Lees fund. 
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[September 10, 1887.] No. 452. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Hudson Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved Sep- 
tember 10, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Hudson Smith, of the sum of seventy-five 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Smith, in said ground, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the Hudson Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council iVo. 452, 1887.} 

[September lO, 1887.] No. 453. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of William S. Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September ro, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Wiltiam S. Smith, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Smith, in said ground, be and the same ts hereby 
accepted under the name of the William S, Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 45J, l88j.] 

[September lO, 1887.] No. 454. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Charles T. Cheney to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
September 10, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Charles T. Cheney, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Cheney, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Charles T. Cheney fund. 
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[October 15, 1887.] No. 506. Resolution Accepting the Gift erf 
Sarah Jane Eastwood to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Appro\'ed 
October 15, 1887) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah Jane Eastwood, of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Eastwood, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the Sarah Jane Eastwood fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. ^06, l88y.] 

[October 16, 1887.] No. 507. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Margaret W. Clark, Administratrix to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved October 15, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Margaret W. Clark, administratrix, of 
the sum of one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of Isaac W, Clark, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Isaac W. 
Clark fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 50J, l8S^.] 

[October 16, 1887.] No. 508. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
William J. Waterman, Executor, to the North Burial Ground Fund 
(Approved October 15, 1887.) 

Resolved, Tliat the gift of William J, Waterman, executor, of the 
sum of three hundred dollars, to the commissiooers of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 



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burial lot standing in the name of Welcome Angell, in said ground be 
and Ihe same ig hereby accepted under the name of the Welcome 
Angell fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. $o8, 1887.] 

[October 15, 1887.] No. 509. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Alfred Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved October 

IS. 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Alfred Smith of the sum of one hundred 
and fifty dollars to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of Alfred and Sidney Smith, in said ground be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Alfred and 
Sidney Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. $og, l88y.\ 

[November 29, 1887.] No. 578. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Avis W. Chapman to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 29, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Avis W, Chapman of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the proviaons 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Rhodes B. Chapman, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Rhodes B. 
Chapman fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. $j8, iSSj.^ 

[November 29, 1887.1 No. 579. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Mary Ann Budlong to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
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Resolved, That the gift of Mary Ann Budlong of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Budlong, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Msry Ann Budlong fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. S79. iSS^.] 

[November 29, 1887.] ^'o■ 5^0- Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of William Burgess to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 29, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William Burgess of the sum of one hun- 
dred and twenty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Burgess, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the William Burgess 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 580, l88j.] 

{November 29, 1887.] No. 581. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Lydia A. Coggeshall to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
November 29, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Lydia A. Coggeshall of the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said Coggeshall, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Lydia A. 
Coggeshall fund. 
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[December 7, 1887.] No. 590. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Lysander Bennett to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December 7, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Lysander Bennett, of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Bennett, in said ground be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Lysander Bennett 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 5<)0, lS8^.] 

[December 7, 1887.] No. 591. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of George H. Knowlton to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December 7, 1887.) 

Resolved, That the gift of George H. Knowlton, of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Knowlton, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the George H. Knowlton fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. $gi, l88j.] 

[January 23, 1888-1 ^oi" ^^^ annual report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground for the year ending Dec. 31, 1887 see No. 
35 Resolutions of 1888, presented Jan. 23, 1888, Ordered printed 
Jan. 5, 1888, Resolutions No. 4. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 4 ^ 3$, /JS?.] 

[February 8, 1888.] No. 38. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Mary A, O'Rourke to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
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Resolved, That the gift of Mary A. O'Rourke, of the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said O'Rourke, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Mary A. 
O'Rourke fund. 
[Resolutions of Ike City Council No. 38, 1888.] 

[Pebmarr 8, 1888.] No. 39. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Charles B. and Hannah D. Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved February 8, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Charles B. and Hannah D. Smith, of the 
sum of one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of said Smith, in said ground, be and 
the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Charles B. and 
Hannah D. Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. S9, 1888.] 

[February 6, 1888.] No. 53. Report of the Joint Committee on 
the Fire Department Relative to Lot in North Burial Ground Standing in 
the Name of Providence Association of Firemen for Mutual Assistance. 
(Presented February 6, 1888.) 
To the Honorable the City Council : 

The joint standing committee on fire department, to whom was 
referred a joint resolution relative to the acceptance by the dty of the 
sum of six hundred dollars from the Providence Association of Firemen 
for Mutual Assistance, the same to be held in trust and the income 
derived therefrom to be applied to the perpetual care of the lot in the 
North burial ground standing in the name of said association, reject- 
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That they have given to this matter careful and earnest considera- 
tion, and after having made diligent inquiry concerning it, find that the 
lot referred to was purchased by the association and has been graded, 
curbed and improved from time to time at their expense. A monument 
of most artistic design and finish has lieen erected upon it, and no effort 
has been spared by the association to make the lot an ornament to the 
grounds and a source of pride to our citizens. 

The sum of six hundred dollars, to which the resolution refers, has 
been held by the commissioners of the North Burial ground since the 
latter part of the year 1885, and although this money has never been 
accepted by the city, yet it has been deposited in the Mechanics Sav- 
ings Bank, and the interest accruing therefrom has been expended in 
caring for the lot. 

Your committee also find that the lots belonging to the Police 
Association and to the Prescott Post were donated to them by the city, 
and the perpetual care of the Prescott Post lot was assumed by the city 
in 1886. 

The cost of such care is but trifling, and your committee are of the 
opinion that the dty should be willing to assume the care of the lot 
belonging to the fire department association in the same manner as they 
have already done in regard to the Prescott Post lot, and not compel 
them to expend a portion of their fund, which is none too large for the 
purposes to whic^ it is devoted namely : the relief of firemen who may 
be injured or who contract sickness while engaged in services at fires. 

In view of these facts the committee recommend that the further 
consideration of the resolution be indefinitely postponed, and that the 
accompanying bill for an ordinance be adopted. 
For the Committee, 

Ira Winsor, Chairman. 
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[Febrnary 8, 1898.] Chapter CIX. No. 54. An Ordinance 
Providing for tlie Perpetual Care of the Burial Lot in the North Burial 
Ground Standing in the Name of the Providence Association of Fire- 
men for Mutual Assistance. (Approved February 8, 1888.) 
It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Providence as follows : 

Section r. The commissioners of the North Burial Ground are 
hereby directed to have perpetual care taken of the lot in the North 
burial ground standing in the name of the Providence Association of 
Firemen for Mutual Assistance. 

Sec. 2, All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith 
are hereby repealed. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 54, 1S88.] 

[April 25, 1888.] No. [94. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Sarah Jane Davis to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April 25, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah Jane Davis, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Davis, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Sarah Jane Davis fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 1^4, 1888.] 

(ApHl 25, 1888.] No. 195. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Thomas W. Hedley to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April 25, !888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Thomas W. Hedley, of the sum of one 
hundred and seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 



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of the burial lot standing in the name of said Hedley, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Thomas W. 
Hedley fund. 
[Resolutions of Ike City Council No. ig$, iS^.^ 

[April 25, 1888.] No. 196. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Providence Children's Friends Society to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved April 25, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Providence Children's Friends Society, 
of the sum of one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of 
the burial lot standing in the name of Ann Smith Knowles, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Ann 
Smith Knowles fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coumil No. I^, l888.\ 

[April 25, 1888.] No. 197. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
William H. McTwiggan to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
April 25, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of William H. McTwiggan, of the sum of 
one hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of James McTwiggan, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the James McTwiggan fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Coumil No. /py, 1888.] 

[April 25, 1888.1 No. 198. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Albert J. Schmid to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved April 
25, 1888.) 

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hundred seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 

Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 

of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 

burial lot standing in the name of John M. Schmtd, in said ground, be 

and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the John M. Sdimid 

fund. 

[Resolutions of Ote City Council No. ig8, 1888-1 

[Hay 14, 188H.] No. 244. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Albert E. Crump to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 
14, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Albert E. Crump of the sum of eighty- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Crump, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Albert E. Crump fund. 
{Resolutions of the City Council No. 244, l8S8.'\ 

[May 14, 1888.] No. 245. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Alfred E. Sherman to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
May 14. 1888.) 

Resolved, That the Gift of Alfred E. Sherman of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the name of Alfred Sherman, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Alfred Sherman 
fund. 
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[Majr 14, 1888.1 No. 246. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
George G. Mathewson to the North Burial Ground Fund, (Approved 
May 14, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of George G, Mathewson of the sum of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial 
Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions 
of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the 
burial lot standing in the nama of said Mathewson, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the George G. 
Mathewson fund. 
[Resolutions 0/ the City Council No. 246, 1S88.] 

[May 14, 1888.) No. 247. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Charles Williams to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved May 
14, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Charles Williams of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Williams, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Charies Williams fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 2^, l888.\ 

[June 10, 1888.1 No. 312. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
George G. Munroe to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
June 19, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of George G. Munroe, of the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-eight dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
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of the burial lot standing in the name of said Munroe, in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the George G. 
Munroe fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 312, l888.\ 

[June 10, 1888.] No. 313. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Adelaide C. Towne, Administratrix, to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved June 19, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Adelaide C. Towne, administratrix, of the 
sum of one hundred and ninety dollars to the commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Aaron Towne, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Aaron Towne fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 313, 1S88.] 

[June 11, 1888.] No. 316. In City Council. Annual Report 
of the Commissioners of the North Burial Ground upon the Trust Fund. 
(Presented June 11, 1888.) 

City Council file, June 21, 1888. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 316, 1888.] 

[June 11, 1888.] No. 317. Annual Report of the Commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground upon the Receipts and Expenditures of the 
Trust Fund. (Presented June 11, 1888.) 

City Council file, June 21, 1888. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 3iy, l888.'\ 

[July 5, 1888.] No. 333. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Harriet N. Lovett to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
July 5, 1888.) 



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Resolved, That the gift of Harriet N, Lovett, of the sum of one 
hundred and twenty-Bve dollars, to the commissioners of the ^orth 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of said Lovett, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Harriet N. 
Lovett fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. SSS' ^S88.] 



[AngDflt 2, 1888.] In Board of Aldermen. 

Resolved, That so much of Pawtucket avenue lying between the 
points A. B. C. D. E. and A ; F. G. H. and F ; and between the points 
J. K. L. M. and J, as shown upon a map'- of said avenue this day pre- 
sented (o the' board of aldermen, is no longer useful to the public, and 
the same is hereby abandoned as a public highway and declared to be 
useless. 
[Resolutions of the City Council, 1 888, page 265.] 



[Aagust 8, 1888.] No. 393. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Mary Ann Capron to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
August S, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Mary Ann Capron, of the sum of one 
hundred dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in 
trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the two burial lots 
standing in the name of Mary Nixon and Mary Ann Capron in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Mary Ann Capron fund. 
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[Angnut 8. 1888.) No. 393. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
the Heirs of Asa and William H. Pike to the North Burial Ground 
Fund. (Approved August 8, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the heirs of Asa and William H. Pike of 
the sura of one hundred and seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners 
of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied 
under the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preserva- 
tion and care of the burial tot standing in the name of s^d Asa and 
William H, Pike, in said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted 
under the name of the Asa and William H. Pike fund. 
[Resolutions of tke City Council No. 3^3, 1888.] 

[Aagnst 8, 1888.] No. 394. Resoluticm Accepting the Gift of 
Sarah E. Davenport to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
August 8, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Sarah E. Davenport, of the sum of 
seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Davenport, in said ground, be and the 
same is hereby accepted under the name of the Sarah E, Davenport 
fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 3^4, 1888.} 

[September 6, 1888.] No. 463. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Ann C. Potter and Adah Westcott to the North Burial Ground 
Fund, (Approved September 6, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Ann C. Potter and Adah Westcott, of 
the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws to the preservation and 



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care of the burial lot standing in the name of Waity Olney, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Waity Olney fund. 
{Resolutimis of the City Council No. 463, 1888.] 

[September 24, 1888.] No. 494. Resolution Authorizing the 
Commissioners of the North Burial Ground to Enlarge the Green House 
in Said Ground. (Approved September 24, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North Burial Ground be 
and they are hereby authorized and directed to enlarge the present 
greenhouse at the North Burial ground at a cost not to exceed the sum 
of one thousand dollars, the same to be charged to the North Burial 
ground improvement fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 4g4, 1888.] 

[October 22, 1888.] No. 539. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
the Heirs of James A. Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved October 22, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the Heirs of James A. Smith, of the 
sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the 
provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing in the name of James A. Smith, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
James A. Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. SS9< ^888.] 

[October 32, 1888.] No. 540. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Henry G. Sperry and Adolph J. Pies to the North Burial Ground Fund. 
(Approved October 22, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Henry G. Sperry and Adolph J, Pies, of 
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the North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Sperry and Pies, in 
said ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
Sperry and Pies fund, 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 5^, 1888.] 

[October 22, 1888.] No. 541. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Thomas A. Burton to the North Burial Ground P'und. (Approved 
October 22, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Thomas A, Burton, of the sum of seventy- 
five dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, 
the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of 
the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing 
in the name of said Burton, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Thomas A. Burton fund. 
[Resolutiotis of the City Council No. 5^, 1888.] 

[October 22, 1888.] No. 542. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Caroline P. Smith, to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
October 22, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of the heirs of Caroline P, Smith, of the 
sum of one hundred and twenty dollars, to the commissioners of the 
North Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under 
the provisions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and 
care of the burial lot standing in the name of said Smith in said ground, 
be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Caroline P. 
Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. S-P, 1888.] 

[October 22, 1888.] No. 543. Resolution Accepting the Gift of 
Roger Smith to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved October 
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Resolved, That the gift of Roger Smith, of the sum of seventy-five 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Smith, in said ground, be and the same is hereby 
accepted under the name of the Roger Smith fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. $43, 1888.] 

[October 31, 1888.] No. 545. Resolution Authorizing the Com- 
missioners of the North Burial Ground to Set Af>art Land in said Ground 
for the burial of the B((dies to be taken from the Proprietors' Burial 
Ground, (Approved October 31, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the commissioners of the North Burial ground be 
hereby authorized and directed to set apart so much land in said burial 
ground as may be necessary to provide for the burial of the bodies now 
remaining in what was formerly the Proprietors' burial ground, the land 
so set apart not to be in the Potter's field, so called. 
[Resolntiofis of the City Council No. 545, l888.'\ 



[November 23, 1888.] In Board of Aldermen. The following is 
read and adopted : Chapter XXVII. 

Amendment of chapter r of the rules and regulations of the board 
of aldermen entitled "Burials." 

5. The state board of education of Rhode Island may use for the 
purposes of burial, a certain parcel of land one hundred feet square, 
located on the State Home and School farm in the tenth ward, belong- 
ing to the State of Rhode Island ; said land to be enclosed by a stone 
fence. 
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[November 19, 1888.] No. 584. Communication from the Com- 
missioners of the North Burial Ground, Relative to the Purchase of a 
Ix)t in said Ground of the Heirs of John Tomlinson Pendlebury. (Pre- 
sented November ig, 1888.) 
To the Honorable the City Council of the City of Providence : 

The commissioners of the North Burial ground respectfully represent : 

That on the 20th day of March, 1850, the city deeded a lot of land 
in said burial ground to John Tomlinson Pendlebury. The deed of this 
lot was never recorded nor was the lot occupied. 

This lot was located west of the receiving tomb. In making im- 
provements in this locality changes have been made which render it 
impossible to find the exact location, and as the present owner is willing 
to sell the lot your commissioners deem it advisable for the city to buy 
it and recommend the passage of the accompanying resolution. 
Respectfully submitted for the committee, 

Oren Westcott, Secretary and Treasurer. 

Providence, November 19, 1888. 
{Resolutions of the City Conmil No. 584, 1888.'^ 

[I>«cember 1, 1888-1 No. 585. Resolution to Purchase a Cer- 
tain Lot of Land in the North Burial Ground of the Heirs of John 
Tomlinson Pendlebury. (Approved December i, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the city treasurer be and he is hereby authorized to 
purchase of the heirs of John Tomlinson Pendlebury a certain lot of 
land in the North Burial ground, containing one hundred and twenty- 
eight square feet at a sum not exceeding twenty cents per square foot, 
the same to be charged to the North burial ground sinking fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 583, 1888.] 

[December 1, 1888.] No. 596. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Abby Burton Crosby to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December i, 1888.) 

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hundred and seventy-five dollars, to the commissioners of the North 
Burial Ground, in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the pro- 
visions of chapter 367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care 
of the burial lot standing^m the name of said Crosby, in said ground, be 
and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the Abby Burton 
Crosby fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. S96, rSSS.] 

[Decemlier 1, ISSS.] No. 597. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of William Stanley to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December i, 1888,) 

Resolved, That the gift of William Stanley, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground 
in trust the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of said Stanley, in said ground, be and the same 
is hereby accepted under the name of the William Stanley fund. 
[Resohitions of the City Coumil No. Sgy, /S88.] 

[December 1, 1888.] No. 598. Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of David Crowley to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December i, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of David Crowley, of the sum of one hun- 
dred and fifty dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, 
in trust, the income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 
367 of the public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot 
standing in the name of David, Edward and John Crowley, in said 
ground, be and the same is hereby accepted under the name of the 
David Crowley fund. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 5g8, 1888.] 



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[December 1, 1888.] No. 599, Resolution Accepting the Gift 
of Joseph C. Boms to the North Burial Ground Fund. (Approved 
December i, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the gift of Joseph C. Boms of the sum of seventy-five 
dollars, to the commissioners of the North Burial Ground, in trust, the 
income thereof to be applied under the provisions of chapter 367 of the 
public laws, to the preservation and care of the burial lot standing in 
the name of said Boms in said ground, be and the same is hereby ac- 
cepted under the name of the Joseph C. Boms fund. 
[Resolutiom of the City Council No. $gg, 1888.] 

[December 6, 1888.] No. 603. Resolution to Remove Bodies 
from Proprietors Burial Ground to North Burial Ground. (Approved 
December 6, 1888.) 

Resolved, That the superintendent of the North Burial Ground be 
hereby authorized and directed to remove the bodies now remaining in 
what was known as the Proprietors Burial Ground, together with such 
headstones as mark the same, to the lot in the North Burial Ground to 
be set a\s3.t\ for that purpose by the commissioners of said ground, the 
expenses of said removal and reburial, not exceeding three hundred dol- 
lars, to be taken from any money in' the treasury not otherwise appro- 
priated. 
[Resolutions of the City Council No. 60J, t888.] 



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INDEX TO SUBJECTS 



Acceptance of deed of gift of Joseph Veazie i86i-iyi 
Accounts, request that Commissioners send to Municipal 

Court 186^-176 
Act of General Assembly annexing portion of North Provi- 
dence to City of Providence 18^3-2^0 
dividing Town of Providence ■'/'S.i- 10 
enabling Town Councils to be Trustees of burial lots 755^-148 
in addition to Chapter 233 1880-277 
relative to abolishment of Town's Division Line ^7<i7- H 
relating to Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike Cor- 
poration 180S- 43 
relative to registration of births, deaths and marriages i88s-2()2 
relative to burial of destitute soldiers and sailors 

1885-317 1886-331 

relative to Burying Ground i86i-i6*) 1863-176 1863-1^6 

relative to desecration of graveyards 1838- 74 
relative to dividing line between Providence and North 

Providence '/(^S- 1 1 1848-131 
relative to establishment of SmithfieM Turnpike Cor- 
poration 1805-36 1807-y^ 183$- 52 
relative to nuisances 1884-306 
relative to Probate Court 1863-172 
relative to public works 1881-2%,^ 
relative to removal of dead bodies ^785- 22 
relative to removal of monuments 1785- 22 
relative to request of Smithfield Turnpike Company 

for branch road 1807- 39 

relative to Town Council 1882-2^3 1884-306 

to prevent violation of sanctuary of dead 1817- 48 1838- 77 



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Address Mayor's on Burying Ground 1843- 97 
Agreement between City of Providence and Randall heirs 

relative to Randall Park 1881-280 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, resoUition directing. 

City Treasurer lo convey lot to i86s-ij4 

Appropriation for improvement of Burying Ground 18^0-144 



Births, deaths and marriages, act of General Assembly rela- 
tive to registration of 
Boundary of Burying Ground to be ascertained 
Bounds fixed at Burying Ground 1828-56 

of Burying Ground, appointment of Committee to run 
Branch Bridge Turnpike, City Treasurer authorized to sell 

Burying Ground Estate between Smithfield and 
Burials. Town Councils authority to govern 
Burying Ground and Training place proposed i6pS- i 

appropriation for grading 184^-120 

committee to examine !?8q- 23 

petition of Zachariah Allen et al to improve 1844-102 

petition of Henry J. Duff, et al for portion of 
report of committee relative to 

estate, between Smithfield and Branch Bridge Turn- 
pike, City Treasurer authorized 10 sell 
place, bounds to be revised 1763-8 

inspection of, adjoining Proprietors 



1882-21)2 
1835- 64 
1834- 60 
'776- 15 



1857-167 

l/OO- 2 
'707- J 
1847-12$ 
182.'- 51 
1845-107 

1842- 90 
1845-111 

1869-2C& 
1764- 8 
174s- 7 



City of Providencr and William Randall, indenture 1846-117 
Treasurer to convey lot to Ancient Free and Accepted 

Masons 1862-174 

to execute deed to Home for Aged Women 1857-167 
to execute deeds with owners of land near Burying 

Ground 1846-117 

Commissioner Zachariah Allen, declination of 1878-262 

Zachariah Allen, resolution of thanks to 1878-262 

William Earle, declination of 1878-265 



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Commissioner William Earle, resohition of thanks to 1878-26^ 

R. H. I. Goddard, declination of 7*75-265 

Augustus Hoppin, declination of l8y8-76^ 

Andrew Winsor, resignation of 1878-264 

Andrew Winsor, resolution of thanks to 1878-264 

Commissioners, acknowledgment of satistaction of man- 
agement to 1863-178 
of Burying Ground, appointment of 1854-160 

Committee appointed on Burying Ground ^'^5^-153 
appointed to enforce resolutions relative to Burying 

Ground 1846-11$ 

appointed to fix south line of State Turnpike 1849-14^ 

appointed to relay highway over Dexter's Bridge 1776- i^ 

appointed to run bound of Burying Ground ^776- 15 

Common Town to be fenced 1681- i 

Constables and commissioners, resohition instructing com- 
mittee to enquire to election of 1878-26^ 

Cooke, Gov. Nicholas, and family, removal of remains of 1844- 99 

Cumberland and Smithfield Turnpike, establishment of iS^o- 49 

Dead, act of General Assembly relative to removal of 1783- 22 
act of General Assembly relative to violation of sanct- 
uary of 1817-4& i8j8- 77 
vote of committee at Town Meeting relative to burial 

of ,«.=..- 51 
Deaths, births and marriages, act of General Assembly rela- 
tive to rcgistralJon of 1882-2^2 
Declination of Zachariah Allen, commissioner 1878-262 
of William Earle, commissioner 1878-26$ 
of R. H. I. Goddard, as commissioner 1875-26$ 
of Augustus Iloppin as commissioner 1878-266 
Deed Vashti W. Angell et al to City of Providence 7577-259 
James Caffrey to City of Providence, land near Smith- 
field Turnpike 7547-123 1847-12$ 
John Carter Brown to City of Providence z866-ig2 
John Carter Brown to William Randall, of land near 

Pawtucket Turnpike 1846-116 



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Deed. City of Providence to John Carter Brown of land 

near Burying Ground 184^-110 
City of Providence to James Caffrey, near Smilhfield 

Turnpike 1847-122 
City of Providence to Monthly Meeting of Friends of 

New England 75^4-159 

City of Providence to Nathan Smalley 1869-20^ 

City of Providence to Joseph Wheldeii 1867-201 

William Corliss to City of Providence 1570-217 

James Eddy to City of Providence 1874-2^:^ 

Alice Gannon to City of Providence 18/6-25J 

Thomas Harkness to City of Providence 1854-15^ 

Lewis H. Humphrey to City of Providence 1874-2^^ 

Lucius Miner et al to City of Providence i866-ir)^ 

Nathaniel S. Mowry to City cf Providence /S/d-zsS 

of Randall heirs 1881-2&7 
William Randall to City of Providence, land adjacent 

to Burying Ground 1846-11% 
Samuel Wheldon to City of Providence of land be- 
tween Providence and North Providence 1847-122 
Town of Providence to Aaron Mason 1796- 33 

Encroachments, committee to prevent at Burying Ground 1804- 36 

Excavation, request of Commissioners to fill in ZS57-166 

Farm Randall, committee directed to obtain terms for 1866-iSg 

Fence around Burying Ground proposed iSos- 35 ^83^ 63 

7*^5-64 1853-iso r867-ig6 1867-19^ 
at Burying Lots, petition of Nathaniel Aldrich and 

Westcott Handy 1834- 61 

petition of William ^\^ Aldrich and Isaac Goddard i8j8- 76 

petition of Abraham Alexander 1^35- 6$ 

petition of Israel Amsbury et al ^S^^ 81 

petition of Oliver Angell 1837- 71 

petition of William Alpin et al ^837- 70 
petition of Christopher B. Arnold and Welcome 

Arnold 1839- 79 



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Fence, petition of Cyril Babcock et al 



1843- 94 

petition of George Bailey iS^S- 63 

petition of David W. Barney et al 1841- 88 

petition of Josiah Bamet et al 1841- 87 

petition of Truman Beckwith et al 1*57- 72 

petition of Rhoda A, Benson 1836- 67 

petition of William L. Burroughs and Joshua H. 

Work 1838' 75 

petition of James P. Butts 1838- 78 

petition of Alexis Caswell et al 1838- 75 

petition of Joseph A. Chedel 1838- 73 

petition of William E. Cutting and Louis L«veck 1838- 77 

petition of Morris Deming et al '837- Ji 

petition of Celindia W. Dennis et al 1842- 91 

petition of John Donley and Thomas W. Foley 1843- 91 

petition of Samuel C. Eathforth et al 1844-102 

petition of Augustus Ellis and AtTiey Collins 1838- 79 

petition of Willard W. Fairbanks et al 1835- 62 

petition of Daniel Fish et al 1844-101 

f>etition of Jsaac Fish et al ' 1844-101 

petition of Thomas and William Fletcher 1836- 69 

petition of Abby H. Fuller et al 1843- 95 

petition of Mary Gardner et al- iSsp- 80 
petition of Thomas J. Griffan and Alfred G. Peckham 183^- 72 

petition of Samuel Guild et al 1844- 98 

petition of Edward Hall et al 1840- 86 

petition of Thomas Harkley et al 1840- 86 

petition of George J. Harris et al 1843- 93 

petition of George S. Harwood '834- 61 

petition of Henry Holden ^844- 99 

petition of James Howarth et al 1843- 97 

petition of Hannah Hunter ^838- 74 

petition of George B. Jastram et al 1841- go 

petition of Job Luther et al ^839- 84 

petition of Henry Martin 1836- 66 

petition of George McCarthy et al 1840- 85 
petition of John A. McDougold and Alfred W. Pratt 1836- 67 



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. Fence, petition of N. C. Northup et al 1S44- 99 

petition of Albert H. Ormsbee et al '^43- 97 

petition of Earl D. Pearce et al 1S38- 76 

petition of Avery Pettis et al 1843-107 

petition of Gardner Pettis et al 1844-100 

petition of James S, Pidge et al 1843- 95 

petition of Thomas Prentiss 1837- 70 

petition of James H. Read iSjd- 66 

petition of William P. Read et al 184s- 93 

petition of Mary W. Roimds et al 1839- 80 

petition of Edward S. Sheldon 1844-101 

petition of Humphrey Sprague et al ^^J5" 65 

petition of William R. Staples 18^8- 78 

petition of George W. Steinhauer et al 1844- 9^ 

petition of Jacob Stever et al 1836- 68 

petition of Thomas Symonds 1835- 65 

petition of Seth Thayer et al 1837- 73 

petition of William Thiirber 2nd, et at 1836- 66 

petition of John Thurston et at 1844-100 

petition of Jonathan Tiffany, Jr, 1836- 69 

petition of John A. Townsend 1833- 63 

petition of Hnldah S. Tripp et al 1840- 85 

petition of George W. Weeden et al 1840- 87 

petition of John Wilson et al 1843- 96 

petition of Augustus Winship 1835- 64 

petition of Henry P. Yeoman et al 1836- 68 

petition of Barker T. Yerrington et al 1841- 89 

Burying Ground order to pay for repairing i868-2c6 

resolution that it be continued along Sexton Street 1869-211 

to be removed in case of encroachments 18^1-147 
to be repaired 1821-52 1830-56 1831-57 1834- 58 

1834- 60 
between Dexter Thurber's land and Towns, commu- 
nication respecting 1834- 60 
Dexter Thurber's, request for between his land and 

Town's 1825- 54 

erection of at entrance of Burying Ground 1852-14^ 



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I-eiice, near Horton Grove Estate, proposed straightening of 186^-202 
on highway over Dexter's Bridge to Smithfield to be 

removed ^77S' '5 
removal of from North End Common ^7^7' 23 
First R. I. Cavalry Veteran Association, report of Commit- 
tee upon petition of 1887-363 
resohition requesting Commissioners to reserve lot for 1887-364 
French Memorial Lot, ordinance providing for perpetual 

care of 1SS7-364 

resolution reserving i88i-2go 

Gateway and fence, at Burying Ground, expense of 18^^-14^ 
resolution relative to erection of at entrance to Burying 

Ground r8$2-lA,<) 
General Assembly, act annexing portion of North Provi- 
dence to City of Providence 187^-230 
act dividing Town of Providence ^7^5' "> 
act enabling Town Councils to be Trustees of burial 

lots l8$2-\^ 

act in addition to Chapter 230 1880-277 

act relative to abolishment of Town's Division Line ^7^7- n 

act relative to Burying Ground 1861-J21) 1863-176 1865-1S6 

act relative to burial of destitute soldiers and sailors 1885-317 

1886-331 

act relative to desecration of graveyards 1838- 74 
act relative to dividing line between Providence and 

North Providence 1765-11 1848-131 
act relative to establishment of Smithfield Turnpike 

Company 1805-36 J507-39 1823- 52 

act relative to nuisances 1884-306 

act relative to Probate Court 1862-172 
act relative to Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike 

Corporation 1S08- 43 
act relative to public works /Mi-284 
act relative to registration of births, deaths and mar- 
riages l88i-2Q2 



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General Assembly, act relative to removal of monuments 17S5- 23 
act relative to removal of dead bodies '7^5- 22 
act relative to request of Smithfield Turnpike Com- 
pany for branch road 1807- 39 
act relative to Town Council iSSs-zgj, 1884-306 
act relative to violation of sanctuary of dead 1817-^ 1838- 77 

Gift of Adin Alexander, resolution accepting 1885-32S 

of Orra I. Angell, resolution accepting 1883-323 

of Welcome Angell, resolution accepting 188^-370 

of Charlotte Benson Anthony, resolution accepting 188/-364 

of Sarah F. Atkinson, resolution accepting 1886-332 

of John B, Baker resolution accepting 1880-281 

of Ferdinand F. Balkcom, resolution accepting 1S64-1S3 

of John Barstow, resolution accepting 1864-1S2 

of John Alexander Beall, resolution accepting 1884-312 

of Mary R. Beattie, resolution accepting 1886-3^6 

of Lysander Bennett, resolution accepting 1887-323 

of Edward J. Eicknell, resolution accepting 1883-so^ 

of Samuel N. Bissel, resolution accepting i88i-zS$ 

of Jose]>h C. Boms, resolution accepting 1888-39S 

of Mary Demont Bowen, resolution accepting 1878-268 

of Elizabeth S. Boyden, resolution accepting 1880-281 

of Mary C. Bragg, resolution accepting 188^-32^ 

of Marinda E. Broadhurst, resolution accepting 188^-362 

of Benjamin Brown, resolution accepting 1886-331) 

of Sophia Augusta Brown, resolution accepting i878-2&j 

of Harriet A. Brownell, resolution accepting 1885-32$ 

of Mary Ann Budlong, resolution accepting 1887-371 

of Alexander Burgess, resolution accepting 1880-283 

of William Burgess, resolution accepting 1887-372 

of Charles I. Burlingame, resolution accepting 1885-326 

1887-367 

of Elizabeth B. Burt, resolution accepting 1885-324 

of Thomas A Burton, resolution accepting T888-3S4 

of Lucy Ann Butts, resolution accepting 1886-3^0 



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Gift of Cutting S. Calef, resolution accepting i8y8-2^ 

of Mary Ann Capron, resolution accepting i888-^i 

of Susan F. Carlisle, resolution accepting 18/8-^6 

of Rosanna Carpenter, resolution accepting 18/2-223 

of Avis W, Chapman, resolution accepting iSS^-y/i 

of Amanda A, Chatman, resolution accepting i886-$^i 

of Amanda G. Chatman, resolution accepting 1886-^^1 

of Charles T. Cheney, resolution accepting 188/-^^ 

of Fannie Christie, resolution accepting 1886-33J 

of Henry C. Clark, resolution accepting 1883-^00 

of Isaac W. Clark, resolution accepting 1887-^70 

of Susan P. Clenians, resolution accepting 1884-30$ 

of Lydia A. Coggeshall, resolution accepting i88/-2y2 

of Jane Congdon, resolution accepting i8//-26i 

of Lydia A. Cook resolution accepting ^886-333 

of Elizabeth Coville, resolution accepting 1866-igo 

of Martin K. Cowing, resolution accepting j88/-3€6 

of John Crain, resolution accepting 1873-22$ 
of John Crain, resolution to transfer to Burial Ground 

Fund 1873-231 

of John Crain, message from Mayor relative to 1873-223 

of John Crain, quoted from will to Mayor 1873-22^ 
of William B, Cranston, heirs of, resolution accepting '885-323 

of Daniel Crawshaw, resolution accepting 1S7S-270 

of Abby Burton Crosby, resolution accepting 1888-286 

of David Crowley, resolution accepting 1888-387 

of Albert E. Crump, resolution accepting 1888-37% 

of Ellen H, Cunliff, resolution accepting 1885-323 

of Rebecca B. Danforth, resolution accepting 1885-320 

of Sarah E. Davenport, resolution accepting 18S8-3S2 

of Ithiel T. Davis, resolution accepting 1885-317 
of Sarah Jane Davis, resolution accepting 1887-361 1888-376 

of William D. Davis, resolution accepting 1878-270 

of William Dearth, resolution accepting 1873-232 

of Alexander Duncan, resolution accepting 1865-181^ 

of Almira Durfee, resolution accepting 1884-31$ 

of Samuel Dyson, resolution accepting 1^55-320 



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Gift of George Earle, resolution accepting i8~i-2iS 

of William Earle, resolution accepting i88o-2Bi 

of Sarah Jane Eastwood, resolution accepting iSSy-^jo 

of Robert Eccles, resolution accepting 1577-260 

of Elizabclli S. Eells. rtsolution accepting iSS^-j,'^ 

of William H. Evans, resolution accepting 188^-^21 

of Joseph Fletcher, resolution accepting iSS^-zgy 

of John C. Fluhrer, heirs of, resolution accepting iSSs-^ig 

of Mrs. William Franceville, resolution accepting 188/-366 

of Vanuini Fuller, resolution accepting 1SS0-2S1 

of Elizabeth A. Gammell, resolution accepting 18^6-^40 

of Charles A. Gamwell, resolution accepting i88_f-^io 

of Elizabeth E. Gardner, resolution accepting /S75-253 

of Harriet M. Gardner, resolution accepting i886-;a~ 

of Alice Gartside, resolution accepting 1555-325 

of Daniel W. Gilbert, resolution accepting 188^-367 

of M, A. Gladding, resolution accepting /55d-340 

of M. G. Gladding, resolution accepting j55rf-34o 

of Rebecca M. Gladding, resolution accepting 186^-iSi 

of Charlotte R. Goddard, resolution accepting i886-;^y) 

of Mary Goodacrc, resolution accepting 1875-251 

of Marcy Gorham. resolution accepting 1885-31^ 

of Jabez Gorman, resolution accepting i86y-200 

of T. W, Gorton, resolution accepting 1880-281 

of Thomas Grace, resolution accepting i88-t-^oo 

of Bradley M. GraiTam, resolution accepting /55^-3ii 

of Abraham H. Granger, resolution accepting 1885-^ig 

of William F. Greene, resolution accepting /55.;-3i3 

of Martha N. Hail, resolution accepting /55^-293 

of B. B. Hammond, resolution accepting 1886-^0 

of William C. Hammond, resolution accepting i8S6-24S 

of J. C. Harrington, resolution accepting iSSyy)^ 

of Avis L. Harris, resolution accepting i88j-^2$ 

of Nathaniel Gushing Harris, resolution accepting ^555-337 

of Sarah A. Harris, resolution accepting 1884-311 

of Aaron S. Haven, resolution accepting 1577-261 

of Albert P. Hawkins, resolution accepting 1886-320 



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Gift of Samuel Hawkins, resolution accepting 
of Thomas W. Hediey, resolution accepting 
of George Hemingway, resolution accepting 
of Elizabeth Hilchen, resolution accepting 
of Almon D. Hodges, resolution accepting 
of George B. Holmes, resolution accepting 
of James M. Holroyd, resolution accepting 
of Emily A. Hopkins, resolution accepting 
of Charles F, Irons, resolution accepting 
of Freeborn Johnson, resolution accepting 
of Conrad Keller, resolution accepting 
of WilHam Kenyon, resolution accepting 
of Mary Kilvert, resolution accepting 
of Thomas M. Knight, resolution accepting 
of George H. Knowlton. resolution accepting, 
of Robert H. Lee, resolution accepting 
of Mary Lees, resolution accepting 
of Edwin Lovctt, resolution accepting 
of Harriet M. Lovett. resohition accepting 
of Harriet N'. Lovett, resolution accepting 
of Marie E. Luft, resolution accepting 
of Edward S. Lyon, resolution accepting 
of Elizabeth Mabbett, resolution accepting 
of Mrs. James Major, resolution accepting 
of Caroline E. Makepeace, resolution accepting 
of Amos Maker, resolution accepting 
of Horace Martin, resolution accepting 
of Mary Martin, resolution accepting 
of Fanny Mason, resohition accepting 
of George G. Malhewson, resolution accepting 
of Sidney McKnight, resolution accepting 
of William H. McTwiggan, resolution accepting 
of Thomas Merreweather, resolution accepting 
of Ann E. Merrill, resolution accepting 
of Thomas A. Millett. resolution accepting 
of James Mitchell, resolution accepting 
of Susan Moffitt, resolution accepting 



1888-37^ 
1885-320 
1885-327 
1867-203 
i883-2gf) 
1886-339 
1886-344 
1885-317 
1881-2^ 
1884-311 
I886-33P 
1884-307 
^877-2^9 
1887-373 
I886-3U 
1887-368 
1887-36S 
1887-365 
1888-3B0 
1886-329 
1884-312 
1885-316 
1884-30S 
JS85-321 
1886-331 
1878-268 

l88o-2&2 

1877-^1 

1888.370 
1886-342 
1888-377 
1887-366 
1886-337 

1880-279. 
1882-2^5 

1886.332 



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Gift of James H. Mumford, and, resolution accepting 1884-^}^ 

of George G. Munrce, resolution accepting iSSS-^yg 

of Joseph \V. Naylor, resolution accepting iSSs^yxi 

of Mary Low Ncwcomb, resolution accepting 18^8-^Q 

of Marcelia Nichols, resolution accepting 1882-2^ 

of Stephen T. Olney, resolution accepting jSSo-279 

of Mary A. O'Rourke, resolution accepting i888-;i73 

of Martha A. Paine, resolution accepting iSS^-^ii 

of George T, Paine, adnir. resolution accepting 1886-^^ 

of William Paisley, resolution accepting 1883-^22 

of Quincy Parker, resolution accepting 1883-^26 

of George B. Peck, Jr., resolution accepting 1880-280 

of Mary E. Peck, resolution accepting i8S6-^S 

of Rufus A. Peck, resolution accepting i88^-2gg 

of Mary A. Penniman, resolution accepting iSSy^zS 

of Daniel Pettey, heirs of, resolution accepting 18/5-252 

of Gardner B. Pettis, resolution accepting JS75-252 

of Elmira F. Pierce, resolution accepting 1886-^yi 

of Esther H. Pierce, resolution accepting 1886-^2° 

of Margaret R. Pierce, fesolution accepting 1886-^^2 

of Adolph J. Pics, resolution accepting 1888-^8^ 

of Asa Pike, heirs of, resolution accepting 1888-3,82 

of Simeon M. Pike, resolution accepting 1886-^^ 

of William H. Pike, heirs of, resolution accepting 1888-382 

of Hannah Pope, resolution acce|)ting 1886-341 

of William R. Pope, resolution accepting 1884-^0^ 

of Ann C. Potter, resolution accepting 1888-382 

of Ferdinand Potter, resolution accepting i883-2<^ 

of David Prew, resolution accepting 1885-31^) 
of Providence Children's Friends Society, resolution 

accepting 1888-377 

of Sarah M. Randall, resolution accepting 1887-362 

of Stephen Randall, resolution accepting 1S64-186 

of Emanuel Rawcliffe, resolution accepting '■^^.^-313 

of Hope B. Russell, resolution accepting 1886-340 

of James H. Sabin, resolution accepting 1880-276 

of Catherine H. Salisbury, resolution accepting 1887-368 



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Gift of Eliza W. Salisburj-, resolution accepting 1883-^02 

of Albert J. Schmid, resolution accepting i888-3yy 

of Harriet Seagrave, resolution accepting /S'i?^-3I5 

of Mary Ann Sessions, estate of, resolution accepting i883-2gg 

of Thomas Sessions, resolution accepting 1886-344 

of John N. Shay, resolution accepting i88i-2gi 

of Frank P. Sheldon, resolution accepting 1884-304 

of Mary Jane Sheldon, resolution accepting 7^75-249 

of Alfred E. Sherman, resolution accepting 1888-378 

of George J. Sherman, resolution accepting 1885-316 

of Mary A, Sherman, resolution accepting ^886-333 

of William D. Sherman, resolution accepting 18^8-26^ 

of Alfred Smith, resolution accepting 1887-371 

of Anna P. Smith, resolution accepting 1886-342 

of Caroline P. Smith, resolution accepting 1888-3S4 

of Charles B. Smith, resolution accepting 1888-374 

of Hannah D. Smith, resolution accepting 1888-374 

of Hudson Smith, resolution accepting 188^-36^ 

of James A. Smith, heirs of, resolution accepting i888-3%3 

of Roger Smith, resolution accepting 1888-384 

of William S. Smith, resolution accepting ^ 1887-36^ 

of Amos W. Snow, resolution accepting i882-2<^ 

of George W. Snow, resolution accepting 1882-2^4 

of Mary A, Soulf, resolution accepting 1886-341 

of Henry G, Sperry, resolution accepting 1888-383 

of William Stanley, rcsoliilion accepting 1888-387 

of Mary Steere, resolution accepting 1884-314 

of Cornelius Sullivan, resolution accepting 1882-2^6 

of Menzies Sweet, resolution accepting 1882-2^^ 

of Silas A. Sweet, resolution accepting 1884-307 

of Harriet A. Taft, resolution accepting 1885-320 

of Timothy H. Temple, resolution accepting 1887-360 

of Dexter Thurber, resolution accepting 1880-282 

of Edward S. Thurber, resolution accepting 1879-271 

of Robert T. Thurber, resolution accepting 1887-361 

of R. H. Thurston, resolution accepting 1878-270 

of William J. Tilley, resolution accepting 1886-338 



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Gift of Joseph Tiliinghast, heirs of. resolution accepting 7^7^-232 

of Aaron Towne, resolution accepting 1888-3,^0 

of Amey A. Tucker, resolution accepting iSSyyn 

of Peter Vennerbeck, resolution accepting 1885-^24 

of Riifus Waterman, resolution accepting i886-^y> 

of Sarah A. Waterman, resolution accepting '38^-^6^ 

of Joseph Watson, resolution accepting 188^-^67 

of Elizabeth Higginson \Vee<len. resolution accepting iSSo-zy^ 

of Adah Westcott, resolution accepting i888-i&2 

of James Wheaton, resolution accepting i86S-2c6 

of Anna Whipple, resolution accepting i8/i-2t8 

of Robert W. Wilbur, resolution accepting J88/-362 

of Charles Williams, resolution accepting i8S8-yjg 

of Edward D. Williams, resolution accepting 1886-1^1 

of Harrison G. Williams Fimd, resolution accepting i886-i2e) 

of Robert P. Williams, resolution accepting iS86-^^ 

of Samuel R. Williams, resolution accepting 1884-314 

of Rebecca T. Willing, resolution accepting 1881-2^4 

of Paris Winsor, resolution accepting 1884-7,04 

of Susan J. Winsor. resolution accepting 1880-27^ 

of Ann Wright, heirs of, resolution accepting 1883-^:^1 

of Ann P. Wood, resolution accepting 188^-324 

of Brown S. WootI, resolution accepting 1884-214 
of lot to Providence Police Association, resolution of 

thanks iBSo-^j 

Grand Army of the Republic, resolution to set off lot for 

use of 1871-221 

Graveyards, act of General Assembly relative to desecra- 
tion of 18^8- 74 

Greenhouse, resolution authorizing Commissioners to en- 
large i888-i%i 

Highway at Loquasquassuck to be stated 1682- i 
between Amasa Gray's house and Burying place, peti- 
tion to widen ^7^4- 17 
Committees return for laying over Dexters Bridge to • 

Smithfield Line ^77^- 14 



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[ 405 ] 

Highway from Old Providence Road to Power Road, re- 
lay of 1848-142 
near Jeremiah Brown's house to Pawtucket Bridge re- 
lay of /7<?- 6 
on Burying place Hill near North Providence Line re- 
quest to widen r^S^- 21 
over Dexters Bridge to Sniithfield, committee ap- 
pointed to relay ^77*5- 15 
over Dexters Bridge to Smithfield Line, report of 

committee ^777- 16 

over Mill Bridge to Herendens Lane, revision of '7*-/- 18 

over Pawtucket River proposed 1684- 1 
petition to connect Old Providence Road with Power 

Road and committee ap|X)inted to survey iS^S-140 
petition to relay over Dexters Bridge by Capt. John 

Power's house ^77^- '3 

report of committee on, at north part of Town 1791- 25 

return of accepted ^777- '7 

through northern part of Town proposed j;/^- 4 

to be laid at north of Town, committee appointed '7pr- 24 

to Pawtucket ordered extended towards Loquasqasiick 1713- 5 

to Power Road, plan of 1848-141 
widening of between Amasa Gray's house and Burying 

place '7^4' '8 

Highways public, committee's report as to deed of 1847-125 

Home for Aged Men, resolution to set lot apart for /S77-260 

7*75-263 
Home for Aged Women, City Treasurer to execute deed to 1857-167 
House and lot, petition of Providence Woolen Manufactur- 
ing Company to buy from Town i8is- 44 

Income from Burying Ground Funds, reference to 1867-200 

Indenture, City of Providence and William Randall 1846-117 
Insurance of Buildings on Burial Ground, message from 

Mayor relative to '^75-253 

of buildings on Burial Ground, resolution for effecting 1875-254 

Interments, resolution relative to 1850-145 18^4-15^ 1876-255 



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Land added to North Burying Ground ^747' 6 
adjoining Aaron Masons, report relative to exchange of 

land i79S- 3° 
belonging to City, petition of Warren Batcheller rela- 
tive to 1841- 89 
committee appointed to inspect title of William God- 

dards f/97- 33 
committee on streets empowered to exchange near 

Burying Ground .17^5- 20 

conveyed to Joseph Whelden 7555-160 

bought of Moses Brown, inspection of 1813- 45 

deed of, Town of Providence to Aaron Mason ^79^- 33 

east side Sexton Street release of title, etc. 1851-1^ 

for Burial Ground, message relative to purchase of iSj^-sy^ 

for Burying Ground, to be obtained 18/0-21J 

for Burial Ground, resolution to pay Commissioners for 1880-281 

granted to Henry Adams 1^08- 3 
near building of the Woolen Manufacturing Company, 

resurvey of 1813- 46 
near Burying Ground, deed from City of Providence to 

John Carter Brown 1845-110 

near Moshassuch River, deed of to Town of Providence J/ptS- 3* 
near Pawtucket Turnpike deed of John Carter Brown 

to William Randall 75^6-1 16 

near Sexton Street. City Treasurer authorized to sell 1867-201 

of William, Corliss, resolution as to purchase of i8yo-2\^ 
of Nathaniel S. Mowry and Alice Gannon, resolution 

to purchase 1876-2^^ 

of heirs of William Randall, report relative to suits for 1872-222 

1876-2^^ J876-2S7 

of Samuel Whelden, resolutions for purchase of 1847-120 

part of Burying Ground, exchange of I795- ^9 
release of. Town of Providence to Providence Woolen 

Company 1813- 46 

report of sale to John Carter Brown 1845-ltO 

request of Aaron Mason for deed of ^79^- 32 
resolution app»?inting committee to settle with heirs of 

William Randall 1873-2$! 



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Land, resolution relative to purchase of for Burial Ground 7*79-274 
to enlarge Burying Ground, resolutions for purchase of 1847-124 
Town Councils refusal to lower prices of at north part 

of Town 1813- 46 

Town, petition of J. Angell for '750- 7 

Lanes and avenues in Burying Ground, appropriation to lay 

out 1846-11$ 

Line between Burying Ground and Benjamin Cozzens, re- 
port as to running of '797- 34 
Boundary, between City and East Providence changed 1867-1^ 
Boundary, between Providence and North Providence 

report on 1S47-128 

Boundary, between Providence and North Providence, 

resolution relative to 1848-130 1867-1^ 

Committee appointed to ascertain at North end of 

Town I7P7- 33 

dividing between Providence and North Providence, act 

relative to 1765- n 1848-1:^1 

Town's Division, act of General Assembly relative to 

abolishment of '7<^7- n 

Lot and house, petition of Providence Woolen Manufacliir- 

ing Company, to purchase from Town I8I^- 44 

Burying Ground, act of General Assembly enabling 

Town Councils to be Trustees of 7*5^-148 

Burying Ground, report as to grading of 1S41- 88 

Burying Ground resolution authorizing City Treasurer 

to purchase 1886-^^ 

Burying Ground, resolution relative to tenure of 1877-260 

Burying Ground, resolution relative to gradii^ of 'S39- 80 

Burying Ground, to be defined 184^- 94 

commissioners directed to select for Col. Knight Dexter 

and family i886-\i^ 

deed of. City of Providence to Monthly Meeting of 

Friends of New England 1^54-^59 

deed of Thomas Harkness to City of Providence 1854-1^9 

for French Memorial resolution reserving 1881-21^ 

for Home for Aged Men, resolution to set apart 1877-260 



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Lot for Providence Police Association, resolution setting 

apart 1880-27^ 

French Memorial, ordinance providing, for perpetual 

care of 188^-364 

Gen. Alfred N. Duffie, ordinance providing for perpet- 
ual care of 188/-364 

of Providence Association of Firemen for Mutual As- 
sistance, resolution relative to care of 1888-374 1888-376 

owned by Edward Randall message regarding 1866-igs 

resolution directing City Treasurer to convey to An- 
cient Free and Accepted Masons 1862-174 

resolution directing City Treasurer to refund cost of to 

Mary A. Covell 187Q-272 

resolution requesting Commissioners to reserve for 

First R, I. Cavalry Veteran Association 1887-1,64 

resolution to pay Mrs. Sarah Sweet for 1879-271 

resolution to set off for use of Grand Army of the Re- 
public 1871-221 

resolution relative to purchase of, from heirs of John 

Tomlinson Pendlebury i888-3?6 

to be reserved for Rhode Island Hospital 1869-207 i86p-2io 

vote authorizing Town Treasurer to take possession of 

in north part of Town '797- 33 

Manure, Superintendent of Highways to procure 1851-147 

Marriages, births and deaths, act of General Assembly rela- 
tive to registration of 1882-2^2 

Message of Mayor relative to delivery of the Providence 

and Pawtucket Turnpike 1869-210 

of Mayor relative to Randall Park 1881-2S6 

Monthly Meeting of Friends of New England, deed of lot 

to, from City of Providence 185^-1^^ 

Monument, act of General Assembly relative to removal of J785- 22 

Dexter, report on 1867-202 

improvement and preservation of 1845-107 

in Burying Ground, erection of '834- 60 



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Monument, in Burying Ground, erection of, by "Webb 

Monument Association" 1862-172 

order to erect on dividing line 184^-12% 

Municipal Court, request that Commissioners send state- 
ment of accounts to 1863-1^6 

Notice of deliver)' of the Providence and Pawtucket Turn- 
pike to City i86p-2io 
Nuisances, act of General Assembly relative to 1884-2,06 



Ordinance appointing officers of Burying Ground by City 

Council 

committee appointed to execute relative to Burying 

Ground 184S-140 1851-146 
relative to City debt 

relative to Burying Ground 1845-111 1S45-114 

1848-117 1849-14Z 1850-14$ i853-\4B 

^854-155 1856-16$ /S7/-219 1875-2^4 



relative to City Officers and their duties 
relative to interment of dead i8jq- 81 



1839- 84 
1842- 92 



relative to vaults 

revision of 1854 

of City of Provitience 

providing for perpetual care of French Memorial and 
Gen. Alfred N. Duffie lots 

relative to care of lot of Providence Association of Fire- 
men for Mutual Assistance 

relative to Committees of City Council 

relative to perpetual care of Prescott Post Lot 

relative to registration of deaths 

relative to undertakers 

request for copy of, by Overseer of Burying Ground 
Overseer of Burying Ground appointed 

of Burying Ground, request for copy of ordinance 



755^-152 

^55-150 
1869-208 
184J-120 

1875-240 
i88r-34^ 
1880-277 
1S42- 91 
1848-1^9 
1883-2,01 
1854-^ 5i 
1815-103 

18S7-364 

1888-2,76 
1874-232 
1886-34$ 
1864-1^ 
1855-161 
1834- 61 
^■50.;- 35 
1834- 61 



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Pawtucket Turnpike, acceptance of portion of i86<f-2lo 

Poor, resolution making appropriation for employment of 1577-258 

Post Whipping and stocks to be repaired by William Turpin ^7^?- 6 

Prescott Post Lot. ordinance providing for perpetual care of 1886-34$ 

report of commitlee relative to enlargement of 1886-335 

resolution authorizing Commissioners to enlarge 1886-336 

Probate Court, act of General Assembly relative to i863-\j2 
Providence and Boston Railroad Company, incorporation 

of 1822- 57 

transfer to Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike ^8^4- 59 
Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike, committee appointed 

to ascertain boundaries of 1847-12$ 

message of Mayor relative to delivery of i86q-210 

notice of delivery of, to City i86g-2tQ 

report of committee 1848-132 

transfer to Providence and Boston Railroad Company ^834- 59 
Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike Company, transfer of 

property of ^833- 58 
Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike Corporation, act of 

General Assembly relative to 1808- 43 
Providence Association of Firemen for Mutual Assistance 

resolution relative to care of lot for 1888-374 1888-376 

Providence Town of, act of General Assembly for dividing 1765- 10 

Pound Town, order that William Turpin repair 1727- 6 

Public Works, act of General Assembly relative to T881-2S4 

Real Estate, schedule of belonging to City of Providence 1832-571 

1836- 67 1837- 70 

Removal of fences from North End Common J787- 23 

of remains of Gov. Nicholas Coc4ce and family '844- 99 

Repairs on houses in Burying Ground, appropriation for 1849-143 

Report of Burial Ground Fund 1873-231 1874-232 1^75-250 

i876-2$4 1877-260 

of Commissioners accepted 18^6-164 1857-166 1858-167 

185Q-168 1S61-172 1862-173 1863-180 i864-i82 

1S65-1S7 i866-ir!0 1867-igrf 1868-20$ 1869-211 

1870-215 1S71-2U) 1872-221 1873-223 1874-234 



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Report of Conimissioners accepted 



i88o-2yg 
i882-2()5 
1884-2,12 



i8;8-268 
1880-280 



/5;5-246 
1879-271 
1881-284 
1883-2,02 
1885-2,22 
-362 



75J5-316 

/**7-36o 

of Commissioners relative to tombs rented 
of Commissioners, to be printed 1864-1%^ 
of Committee on Burying Ground 



1876-2^4 1877-2^ 
1879-272 1880-276 

1881-285 l882-2<)2 

1884-2,04 1884-^11 

1886-328 J886-32S 

I888-Z73 1888-2,80 
iSS^-yts 
1867-200 
1863-177 



iS66-ii)i 

1848-153 
1866-191 
■er Dexters Bridge 



of Committee relative lo litgliw 

to Smithfield Line '777- 16 

of Committee on building North Main Street from Sex- 
ton to Cemetery 1884-309 

of Committee relative to enlargement of Prescott Post 

Lot 1886-33S 

of Committee upon petition of First R, 1. Cavalry Vet- 
eran Association 1887-363 

of Committee on suit of heirs of William Randall 1873-22$ 

of Committee on Turnpike from Providence to Paw- 
tucket i8o8- 41 

of committee, relative to road to North Providence 179^- 26 

of Joint Committee on Burying Ground 1878-266 

of Joint Committee on Finance, relative to transfer of 

money to credit to City debt 1880-280 

of Joint Committee relative to lot of Providence Asso- 
ciation of Firemen for Mutual Assistance 1888-274 

of Superintendent 1851-146 185^-148 1854-1^0 1855-160 

1856-164 i857--[65 1858-168 i86o-i6g 1861-171 

1863-174 1863-181 1864-183 1865-189 1866-191 

1867-199 1868-206 1870-216 1871-219 

of Superintendent to be printed 1864-183 1866-191 1867-200 

relative to exchange of land for land adjoining Aaron 

Masons 1795- 30 

of Superintendent requested of Burying Ground by 

Freemen 1789- 23 



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Resignation of Andrew Winsor, Commissioner 18^8-264 

Resolution abandoning portion of Pawtucket Avenue as a 

highway , 1884-^18 

accepting deed of gift of Phebe Whipple 186^-iyg 

accepting deed of gift of Zachariah Allen ■ i86^-iyg 

appointing committee to ascertain boundaries of Provi- 
dence and Pawtucket Turnpike 1847-12$ 
as to abandonment of Pawtucket Avenue 1888-^81 
as to bequest of John Grain 18^^-224 
as to proposed park, corner Friendship and Beacon 

Streets 7**^-308 

authorizing City Treasurer to purchase land of Isaac N. 

Fairbrother i882-2gS 

authorizing City Treasurer to purchase lots on Pine 

Avenue 1883-2^1 

authorizing City Treasurer lo purchase lot in Burying 

Ground 1884-312 

authorizing City Treasurer to purchase lots on Pine 

Avenue i88i-2gi 

authorizing City Treasurer to purchase lot of heirs of 

John Tomlinson Pendlebury 1888-2S6 

authorizing Commissioners to reserve land for bodies 

taken front Proprietors Burial Groimd 1888-38^ 

authorizing Commissioners to enlarge greenhouse 1888-38^ 

authorizing Commissioners to enlarge Prescott Post 

Lot i886-$3& 

authorizing Commissioners to erect office 1882-2^7 

authorizing Commissioners to reconstruct greenhouse 188^-30^ 
directing City Engineer to plan widening North Main 

Street, from Sexton to Cemetery i88^-2g6 

directing City Treasurer to convey lot to Ancient Free 

and Accepted Masons 1862-1^4 

instructing committee to enquire to election of consta- 
bles and commissioners 18/8-26^ 
making transfer to improvement fund ^874-233 18^4-234 
i8j5-24^ 1875-2^2 



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Resolution of thanks by Providence Police Association for 

gift of lot I888-2JJ 

of thanks to Zachariah Allen, Commissioner 18^8-262 

of thanks to William Earle, Commissioner 18^8-264 

of thanks to Andrew Winsor, Commissioner 18^8-264 

prohibiting interments 1575-250 
relative to adding Swan Point Cemetery and Burying 

Ground to the City 1*71-218 

relative to burials 18S8-3SS 

relative to gateway at entrance to Burying Ground iS^^-i^g 
relative to purchase of lot from the heirs of John Tom- 

Hnson Pendlebury iS8S-3,S6 
relative to removal of bodies from Proprietors Burial 

Ground to the North Burial Ground i888-3S& 

relative to suits of William Randall's heirs 1873-2^1 

relative to tenure of Burying Ground Lots 18J7-2G0 
requesting Commissioners to reserve lot for First R. I. 

Cavalry Veteran Association 188^-^64 
to set water pipes in Burying Ground /-S7P-272 
transferring property to Burial Ground 7*75-263 
Rhode Island Hospital, lot to be reserved for 75^9-207 186^-210 
Road Committee appointed to lay out, north part of town ^79^- 24 
Common from Pawtucket River to the Pawcatuck, im- 
provement of 1713- 5 
Old Providence, return from Committee to relay from 

the Old Smithfield Road to City Line 1870-212 

Old Smithfield report of. ordered recorded 1570-215 

resolution as to lay out of, near Jeremiah Dexters ^791- 25 

to North Providence, report of committee relative to 1791- 26 

Turnpike, layout of to Massachusetts Line 1803- 37 

Smithfield, City, Treasurer authorized to sell Burying 
Ground Estate between Branch Bridge Turnpike 

and i86p-2oS 

Turnpike, City Treasurer directed to pay Smithfield 

Turnpike Company for portion of 1869-212 

Turnpike, report relative to 1823- 53 



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Smithfield Turnpike Company, act of General Assembly rel- 
ative to request for branch road of the 1807- 39 
Turnpike Company, act of General Assembly relative 

to establishment of '^05-36 /S07-39 1823- 52 

Soldiers and sailors, act of General Assembly relative to 

burial of destitute iSSs-;}!? 1886-3$! 

Street Benefit, revision of bounds ^7^5" 21 

near Burying Ground, petition granted to layout ^795' 3' 

Sexton, line of in dispute 1862-175 

Sexton, report relative to layout of 1868-203 iS68-2C^ 

Sexton, no evidence as to layout of 1833-1$^ 

survey of Benefit, Burying Ground and from Dr. Ar- 
nolds northward ^7^4' ^® 

Superintendent of Burying Ground, amount allowed for 
services 1850-143 

Surveying Burying Ground, bill for 

Tomb, petition of Asa and Jonathan Pike to erect 

and vaults, ordinance relating to at North Burying 
Ground 

at Burying Ground committee to ascertain south limit 
of erecting 
Town Council, act of General Assembly relative to i882-2g3 

and Town Meetings, authority of 
Town Meeting, vote of committee relative to burial of dead 
Track Railway, resolution permitting Commissioners to lay 

across North Grove Street 
Training place and Burying Ground proposed i6p8-i 

Transfer of Thomas Grace Fund to Ferdinand Potter Fund 
Trees, report of committee relative to destruction of 
Turnpike Branch Bridge, City Treasurer authorized to sell 
Burying Ground Estate between Smtthfield and 
Cumberland and Smithfield, establishment of 
from Providence to Pawtucket, report of committee on 
Pawtucket, acceptance of portion of 
Providence and Pawtucket, message of Mayor relative 
to delivery of 



1850- 


■44 


15^9-143 


'S35- 


6a 


1834- 


58 


rSiS- 


56 


1884-306 


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47 


1833 


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1SS6- 


346 


IJOO- 


2 


1J01- 


3 


I8S5- 


323 


i8S6- 


334 


1869- 


208 


1820- 


49 


180S- 


41 


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Turnpike, Providence and Pawtucket, committee appointed 

to ascertain boundaries of 184^-12^ 

Providence and Pawtucket, notice of delivery to City i86q-2IO 

Providence and Pawtucket report of committee 1848-1^2 
Providence and Pawtucket transfer of Providence and 

Boston Railroad Company to ^8^4- 59 
Smithfield, City Treasurer directed to pay Smithfield 

Turnpike Company for portion of i86p'2i2 

State, committee appointed to fix south line of jS^(»-I43 

Undertakers, ordinance relative to 7855-161 

Vaults and tombs, ordinance relating to at North Burying 

Ground 1834- 58 

Wall, P. Randall's, to desist building /77/-12 J/?/- 13 

Water Pipes, resolution to set in Burying Ground 1879-272 

Webb Monument Association, erection of monument by 1862-172 
Whelden House, committee on Burying Ground authorized 

to repair 1848-14.0 



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INDEX TO NAMES 



Adams Enoch 133 

Henry 3 4 

Sclh 52 
Aldrich Gardner 36 

Jolin 7 

Mary 38 

Nathaniel 61 

Samiie] 4 

William \V 76 
Alexander Abraham 65 
Adin 328 

Amos ig 

Ann 38 

L 118 

Lydia 44 

Philip 44 

William 41 43 51 52 54 97 

Zachariah 102 107 loS 116 
160 174 178 182 
198 262 



Allen 



■ 194 



Almv 



44 



Andrew 214 
Ames Edward C 248 256 
Amsbnry Daniel S 80 
Israel 81 325 
Ancitnt Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons 174 
Andrews Zephaniah 24 25 



Angcll Albert 94 

Alugina 97 

Elisha O 214 / 

Fenner 36 

Hope 14 15 17 

I 13 

James 8 10 15 

John Anthony 7 8 

Lemuel 127 129 140 141 

Mr 60 63 

Oliver 71 

Orra I 323 

Susan 100 

Vashti W 259 287 288 28( 

Welcome 91 371 

William 93 

William G 102 
.Anthony Charlotte Benson 365 
Daniel 33 35 42 
F E 364 
William 41 43 
Aplin Frances 70 

Stephen A 70 275 
William 70 
Appleby James 38 
.\rnold Anicy Ann 232 

Amey Shin 90 

Asa 49 54 



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Arnold Augustus 93 
Captain i 
Christopher B 79 
Doctor 18 
Elisha 50 
Israel 50 
James 18 24 
Jonathan 18 
Mary 90 
Noah 36 

Samuel 50 52 53 54 
Thomas 36 44 
Welcome 79 
Association First Rhode Island 
Cavalry 364 
First Rhode Island 
Cavalry Veteran 
363 364 
Police 375 
Providence Police 

274 277 336 
Webb Monument 
172 173 174 175 
Atkinson John 87 

Sarah F 332 333 
Atwater 122 123 125 
Mr 132 143 
Stephen 129 
Atwell Amos 18 24 25 29 30 
Avery William D 96 
Aylsworth John 68 

Babcock Cyril 94 

John 5 
Bagley William 16 
Bailey George 63 

Martin 90 

William 63 



Bailey W H S 133 

William H S 125 
Baker Amos 80 

John B 281 282 
Mr 140 
Uriah 95 
Balkcom Ferdinand F 1S3 188 
Ballou Absalom 49 51 
Hosea Jr 107 
Maturin 49 50 
Barden Nathan 97 
Barnaby A J 251 
Barney David W 88 

Josiah 87 
Barstow John 75 182 188 330 
Bartlett Jenckes 50 

N P98 
Batcheller Warren 89 
Bateman 9 

Beall John Alexander 312 313 
Beattie John 346 

Mary R 346 
Walter 346 
Beckwith Tniman 52 72 
Bellows Eleazer 36 
Bennett Cornelius W B 84 

Lysander 373 
Benson Rhode Ann 67 

Tolon 67 
Bicknall Joshua 37 39 
Bicknell Edward J 299 300 

E M 300 
Billings Edward 71 
Bissel Samuel N 285 

Sarah C 285 
Blanding Christopher 98 
Bligh Oliver 50 51 



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Blodget Mr 146 148 
Boms Joseph C 388 
Boston and Providence Railroad 
Company 188 217 273 (see 
Prov & Boston R R Co) 
Bostwick James M 98 
Bosworth Betsey 302 
Bowen Henry L 174 178 181 182 
Jabez 15 21 
Mary Demont 268 
William B 98 
Loyce James 305 
Boyden Elizabeth S 281 282 
Bradford William B 98 
Bradley William 85 
Bragg Diana 86 

Mary C 327 
Bridgham Elizabeth 93 
Briggs Branford 65 
En OS 65 
Enos H 62 
John W 335 
Joseph W 96 
Broadhurst Marinda E 362 
Brown 44 

Allen 72 
Amelia 49 
Benjamin 339 340 
Betsey 62 
Edwin H 96 
Elisha 7 9 
George W 96 
Harriet 267 
Hugh H 107 
Isaac 52 73 102 
Jeremiah ft 
John ! 3 23 29 30 



Brown John Carter no 116 127 
13s 192 193 19s 226 ^7 
John Esek 68 
Joseph 97 
Joseph R 98 
M57 

Moses 19 20 21 31 32 33 34 
42 43 44 45 46 55 57 60 
64 
Nathaniel 10 
Nathaniel W 73 
Nicholas 8 15 36 215 
Obadiah 215 
Phineas 12 
Richard 6 
Samuel W 250 266 
Sophia Augusta 267 
William 9 11 12 
Zephaniah 24 25 
Brownell Harriet A 325 
Bucklin 43 

Budlong Anthony 223 224 
James E 93 
Mary Ann 371 372 
Buffington George W 100 
Bullock Julius P 261 
Samuel B 98 
S B 296 
Burgess Alexander loi 283 
Alpheus 85 283 
Gardner M 252 
Mr 175 
Thomas 59 
Thomas M 95 130 
William 372 
Burlingame Charles I 326 367 368 
Burrough John G 313 



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Burroughs William L 75 
Burrows Ephraim A 97 
Burt Elizabeth B 324 
Burton Thomas A 384 
Bushee Jesse 42 
Butts James E 90 

James P 78 

Lucy Ann 340 

Caffrey James 122 123 125 
Calef Cutting S 268 
Cameron William 93 
Capron Mar>' Ann 381 
Capwell Joseph A 107 
Carhsle John 44 51 52 
Susan F 266 
Carpenter Albert G 334 336 

Ezekiel 75 

Mr 222 

Rosanna 223 

Solon 360 

Thomas J 276 
Cary Ebenezer 87 
Thadeus 80 
Case Phihp 176 
Caswell Alexis 75 330 
Cavalry First Rhode Island 363 
Cavenaugh James 63 
Chace Caleb 260 

William W 93 
Chandler Elizabeth G 90 232 
Chapman Avis W 371 

Rhodes B 371 
Chappell Hiram 100 
Chase William C 288 289 
Chatman Amanda G 331 
Chedel Joseph A 73 



Cheney Charles T 369 
Christie Fannie 337 
William 337 
Church Peter 93 

Phiilis 107 
Clark 20 

Caroline M 300 
James 9 
John H 56 
Henry C 300 
Isaac W 370 
Margaret W 370 
Martha E 300 
Sterry 300 
Clarke George L 212 215 
Clear Peter 34 
Clemans Susan P 305 
Cleworth John 97 
Clingan James 107 
Cobb William J 100 
Coggeshall Henry G 97 
Lydia A 372 
Cole Edmund 140 142 

Horace 93' 
Collins Amey 79 

Company Boston and Providence 
Railroad 188 217 273 
(see Prov & Boston 
R RCo) 
Fastway 50 
Providence and Douglas 

Turnpike 44 
Providence and Boston 
Railroad 57 58 59 
(see Boston & Prov 
R R Co) 



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[ 420 ] 



Company Providence and Paw- 
tucket Turnpike 58 
Providence Woolen 46 
Providence Woolen 

Manufacturing 45 
Providence and Worces- 
ter Railroad 249 273 
Rhode Island Hospital 

Trust 279 
Smithfield Turnpike 36 

39 40 44 212 
Woolen Manufacturing 
4546 
Com stock Ann 72 
B W 72 
George W 54 
Gideon 7 
Hasadiah 4 
I I 72 
Imar 50 
John 14 15 17 
Ricliard B 288 289 
Sally B 84 203 
W W 72 
Congdon Caleb 125 133 
Jane 261 262 
Cook Cyrus 2,6 

Ebenezer C 66 
Joseph S 85 
Lydia A 333 
Nicholas 99 
Corliss John 44 

Mr 229 230 

William 216 217 226 228 
254 
Cornell Benjamin 100 



Corporation Boston and Provi- 
dence Railroad 171 
Providence and Paw- 
tucket Turnpike 40 
43 
Smithfield Turnpike 

52 
Turnpike 43 127 
Cory Thomas 37 

Thomas Jr 39 
Covell Mary A 272 
Coville Elizabeth 190 

Esther 190 
Cowell Mr 151 
Cowing Martin K 365 366 
Cozzens Benjamin 9 32 34 
Benjamin Jr 20 33 
Crain Jfrfin 223 224 225 231 
Cram Henry 363 
Cranston WiilJam B 323 
Crawshaw Daniel 270 
Crins William H 315 
Crooker J F 96 

J W 281 
Crosby Abby Burton 386 387 
Cross James M 223 31a 
Crowell Alonzo 329 

William B 329 
Crowley David 86 387 
Edward 387 
John 387 
Crump Albert E 378 
Cunliff Ellen H 323 
Joseph 324 
Curry Samuel 8 lO 
Curtis 343 

Benjamin C 72 



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<;urtis John 343 
Gushing S B no 194 
Cutting William E TJ 

Danforth Rebecca B 320 
Daniels George P 95 

Mr 60 63 65 lis J20 
Peter 56 57 
Davenport Sarah E 382 
Davis Charles 212 

Charles E Jr 216 
hhiel T 317 
James 211 
John 68 
Mr 143 145 
Sarah Jane 361 376 
William D 270 
Day Levi 107 
Dean H B 365 

Simon 269 
William B ;6 
Dearth Abby T 232 

William G 232 
Deming Morris 71 
Demont 268 
Dennis Celindia W 91 
James 75 
John R 85 
Dexter Albert G 96 
Anthony 96 
Christopher 13 17 50 
Ebenezer Knight 202 
Heirs 217 

Jeremiah 9 19 20 24 25 27 
28 40 42 43 49 54 126 

John I 3 50 54 



Dexter Joseph 14 27 28 29 42 43 
44 126 127 

Knight Col 194 195 

Lewis 54 

Louis 49 

Marcy 26 

Monument 202 

Mr 27 202 

Stephen 7 

William 49 54 
Dickey Robert 45 
Dike Arba B 89 
Donley John 91 
Dorr S 64 

Sullivan 57 
Dorrance John 24 25 
Downer Silas 34 

Doyle Thomas A 183 184 186 188 
189 190 191 193 ^95 196 
198 199 200 201 202 203 
206 207 208 209 210 211 
216 222 223 254 265 274 
Drown C R 315 
Drummond Joseph 98 
Dudley Paul 44 
Duff Henry J 90 
Duffie Alfred N 363 364 
Duncan Alexander 189 
Durfee Almira 315 
Durfey 17 

Dwight Gamaliel L 107 
Dyson Samuel 320 

Earle Mr 120 

Benjamin D 96 
George 218 



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Earle George B 96 

J(*n B86 

Mary 86 

Mary Alice 283 

Mr 140 143 145 146 

Oliver 321 

William 86 144 187 191 214 
218 264 265 284 
Easton Daniel C 98 
Nicholas 91 
Eastwood Sarah Jane 370 
Eathforth Samuel C 102 
Eaton Mr 251 
Eccles Robert 260 
Eddy Alexander 93 

Comfort 20 23 

James 233 

Joseph 84 
Eells Elizabeth S 366 

William L 366 
Ellis Augustus 79 
Emerson Elisha 107 
Esten C 213 

E 212 

Joseph 39 
Evans Rowland 98 

William H 321 

Fairbanks Willard W 62 
Fairbrother Isaac X 298 
Farnum Joseph 36 37 

Noah 36 
Fastway Company 50 
Fenner Governor 263 
James 100 

JC296 

Field Eleanor 325 



First Rhode Jsland Cavalry 363 

Rhode Island Cavalry Asso- 
ciation 364 
Rhode Island Cavalry Vet- 
eran Association 363 364 
Fish Daniel 10 1 

Isaac loi 
Flagg John F B 75 
Fletcher Joseph 297 
Thomas 69 
William 69 
Fluhrer John C 319 
Foley Thomas W 91 
Foster F F 99 

Freeman 75 330 
Franceville 367 

William Mrs 366 
French Allies of the RcvoluticMw 
290 
Memorial 363 364 
Monument 336 
Fuller Abby H 95 

Varnum 281 282 



Galloway JcJin 107 
Gammell Elizabeth A 340 
Gamwell Charles A 310 
Gannon Alice 255 256 257 

John no 194 258 

Richard no 194 
Gardner Elizabeth E 253 

Harriet M 337 

Mary 80 
Gartside Alice 325 

Frances Ramsey 325 

James 159 

Sarah A 325 



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<;artside William and 325 

Gay Abner Jr 95 

Gilbert Daniel W 367 

Gilmore Joseph F 174 178 181 205 

Gladding B H 341 

George F 182 341 
John 90 
M G340 
Mary T 232 
R M 341 

Rebecca M 181 188 
Goddard Charlotte R 339 
Isaac 76 
Mary A 339 
Robert H I 265 266 
William 34 
Goodacre Mary 251 
Gorham John 102 

Jabez 80 200 
Marcy 315 316 
Gorman John 203 204 205 206 
Gorton T W 281 282 
Gowdey James A 98 
Grace Thomas 300 322 
Graflfam Bradley M 311 
Grand Army of the Republic 221 
Granger Abraham H 319 . 

Grant Lyman G 107 
Gray Aniasa 17 18 19 20 24 25 
Grey Sarah A 107 
Greene John 1 1 97 
John W 313 
Thomas 96 
Timothy 42 43 
William Amos loi 
William F 313 
Greenwood 343 



Greenwood Charles 86 
Rosina 342 
Griffin Thomas J 72 
Grimwood Charles 86 

Guild Samuel 98 

Hail George 97 293 
Martha N 293 
Haines Mr 143 

William S 19 
Hall Alderman 151 
Edward 86 
Francis 95 
George W 97 
Joseph M 96 
Nathan B 90 
Thomas 80 
Hamilton John 107 
Hammell Patrick 90 
Hammond B B 340 

William C 345 
Handy Charles H 87 

Westcott 61 
Haritley Thomas 86 
Harkness Thomas 159 
Harrington J C 303 
Harris Avis L 325 326 
Batez 326 
George J 93 
Henry lO 11 
Nathaniel Gushing 327 
Robert 327 
Sarah A 3 1 i 
^Villiam H 97 
llarwood Edward 72 

Edward Jr 72 
George S 61 



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Haswell William 96 

Hathaway Sally 201 

Haven Aaron S 261 

Hawkins Albert P 329 
George 97 
Samuel 297 

Hayward Mr 222 

Haywood William S 287 290 

Hazard George 5 
Harriet 88 

Healy John 9 

Patrick 90 

Hedley Thomas W 376 ^ 

Helme William C 99 

Hemingway George 320 

Henry Charles W 97 

Hidden James C 205 
Mr 143 

Hill Hiram 97 

Nicholas C 86 

Hitchen Elizabeth 327 328 

Hodges Almon D 84 203 . 

Holbrook Albert 102 

Holden Henry 99 
Mr 148 
Thomas R 76 

Holmes George B 299 

Holroyd James M 339 

Hopkins Emily A 344 345 
Eseck 14 15 
Esek 17 234 346 
George H 75 
Stephen 7 
Uriah 35 36 227 
William 3 

Hoppin Angustns 265 266 

Horton EHphalet 107 



I Horton Luther 107 
Seth L 277 
Howard Asa 90 
j Seth 97 

William Jr 65 
I Howarth James 97 

Howland John 55 58 
! Hubbard Lewis F 87 
Humphreys Joseph H q6 
Lewis H 233 
Hunter Hannah 74 
Hutchins Mr 143 

Ide Amos 140 142 
Independent Inquirer 83 93 
Inman Asa 39 

Edward 4 5 
Inquirer Independent 83 93 
Irons Charles F 317 
Charlotte 317 
Ives 44 

Jackson Charles 75 

George 8 

George W 75 

Henry 75 
, Nabby 75 

James Catherine 342 
Jastram George B 90 

John A 90 
Jenckes Amos T 36 

Bucklin 43 

Caleb 26 28 

Esek 42 

George 42 

Gideon 14 15 16 17 

John 8 10 15 18 21 42- 



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Jenckes Joseph 6 44 

Sylvanus 42 43 
Jillson William E 341 
Johnson Freeborn 290 291 

Mr 251 
JolJs John F 88 
Jones Albert J 76 

John D 76 193 202 
Journal Manufacturers and Far- 
mers 83 93 

Providence 93 

Providence Daily 83 

Keller Conrad 311 
Kelly Jane 99 
Kent Thomas 96 
Kenyon William 330 331 
Kilvert Mary 307 

Samuel W 307 
Knight Jabez C 167 168 169 171 
172 173 174 175 176 
178 179 180 181 182 
Thomas M 259 
Knowles Alderman 108 115 120 
140 143 145 146 148 
150 
Ann Smith 377 
Edward P 151 160 206 
222 225 228 255 256 
257 273 287 288 
Edward R 259 287 
Horace 305 
John P 261 
Mr 102 
Knowlton George H 373 

l.anderkin William N 97 



Lassell Charles 96 
Lawrence William S 282 
Lee Robert H 344 
Lees Mary 368 
Leonard C A 140 

Charles A 141 
Lester Mr 146 
Leveck Lewis 77 
Lonsdale John H 93 
Lovell Alexander 38 
Lovett Edwin 365 

Harriet M 365 

Harriet N 380 381 
Luft Marie E 329 330 
Luiiinnis George A 88 
Luther 9 

Job 84 

Mr 20 

Lyon Edward S 97 312 

Luther 76 

Mabbett Elizabeth 316 
Magee William F 36 
Mahoney Florence 341 
Maine Halsey H 98 
^lajor James 305 

James Mrs 305 
Makepeace Caroline E 321 
Maker Amos 331 
Mallett Edward J 100 
Manchester Samuel T 93 
Mann Benjamin 13 

Samuel F 52 

Thomas 51 52 54 
Manning Edward P 100 
Mansir William 107 
Manufacturers and Farmers Jour- 
nal 83 93 



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Martin 50 205 

Edward 95 
George E 310 
Henry 66 
Horace 268 269 
James 96 
Mary 282 
Mr 64 143 
P W 144 

Philip W 143 146 147 149 
160 

Stephen 55 
Wheeler 36 
Mason Aaron 19 20 23 30 32 33 
Fanny 261 
James 54 
James B 49 54 
Mr 148 150 151 
Obadiah 33 261 
Timothy 20 
Masons Ancient Free ami Ac- 
cepted 174 
Mathewson Elisha 51 52 54 
George G 379 
John 15 
P M 140 
McCarthy George 85 
McDougold John A 67 
McKnight Sidney 342 
McPhail John 89 
McTwiggan James 377 

William H 377 
Merreweather 367 

Thomas 366 
Merrill Ann E 337 338 
Messer Deborah 71 
Metcalf A 212 213 



Metcalf Edwin 288 
Joel 33 
Mr 251 
Miller Barton 217 

Frederick 261 262 276 
Jeremiah H 179 
Joseph W 133 192 
Namon 179 
Millerd William C 85 
Millett Thomas A 279 
Miner Julia A 287 288 289 

Lucius 194 225 231 287 288 
289 
>Titchell James 295 
William 91 
Moffitt Susan 332 
Monthly Meeting of Friends of 

New England 159 
Monument Dexter 202 
French 336 
Morris Henry 258 

William 258 
Morrison Mary loi 
Mowry Charles C 71 
Daniel 38 
David 36 

Elisha C 287 288 289 
Enos 36 44 
Jabez 36 
Jeremiah 38 
John 38 
Nathaniel 4 
Nathaniel S 205 255 256 

258 
Richard 36 44 



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Mowry Selh 44 

William G R 192 
Mulholland Feiix 2I2 
Mumford H G 88 

James 89 304 
James H 2nd 303 
Munroe George G 379 380 
William 97 

Nash 19 

NayJor Joseph W 300 301 
Newcomb Mary Low 269 
Newell Abby L 100 

Alderman 60 63 
Geoi^e E 215 
Newhall Nepthali 98 
Newton Benjamin loi 
Nichols Charles 296 
George 42 43 
Marcelia 296 
Nixon Mary 381 
Northup N C 98 99 

OIney Jeremiah 23 44 
Job 16 17 
Joseph 12 
Mr 57 

Stephen 36 38 
Stephen T 279 
Ttiomas 2 4 16 17 
Thomas Jr 4 28 
Tliomas Sr 3 
Waity 383 
Ormsbee Albert H 97 
O'Rourke Mary A 373 374 
Osbom Perry O 94 
I Owen 17 



Owen Ezdciel 99 
George 99 
Joseph 9 
Lydia 99 
Smith 99 

Pabodie Albert 150 

Mr 63 
Paine Charles E 205 
George T 342 
Martha A 311 
Mr 251 
Paisley William 322 
Palmer Gideon 81 

Jonathan S 81 
Richard 81 
Parker Quincy 326 

S A 211 
Parks Jesse 98 
Patten Mr 102 

William J 
William S 81 114 
160 166 
Paul Enoch T 97 
Payne Mr 222 
Payton John 75 
Pearce Benoni 15 
Earl D 76 
Lewis 224 225 
Pearson Luther 52 
Peck George B Jr 280 
Mary E 328 
Mr 102 108 
Rufus A 299 
Peckham Alfred G 72 . 
Fenner H 209 
George S 107 



08 115 120 



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Peckham Thomas J lOO 
Pegram Mr 251 

Pendlebury John Toinlinson 386 
Penniman Mary A 328 
Perry Daniel L 86 

Susan 80 
Pettey Daniel 252 
Peltis Avery 107 

Gardner lOO 

Gardner B 252 

Harriet A 252 

Robert 100 
Phetteplace Eliakin 38 
Phillips Israel B 215 
Thomas 107 
Pidge Benjamin 49 

George W 95 

James S 95 
Pierce Ehnira F 330 

Esther H 330 

George A 330 

Margaret R 332 

William G 330 
Pies 384 

Adolph J 383 

Pike 54 

Asa 62 382 

Jonathan 13 14 15 16 26 62 

Peter 49 54 

Simeon M 345 

Wilham H 382 
Pitman Henry 213 214 
William W 62 
Place Mr 222 
Police Association 375 
Pond Arnold R 100 
Pope Hannah 341 

William 341 



Pope William R 305 306 
Potter A 173 

Ann C 382 
Ferdinand 298 322 
Mr 145 
N F no 
W Y 222 
Power Captain 13 
Powers John 13 14 
Martha 14 
Pratt Alfred W 67 

Sarah 102 
Pray John 1 
Prentiss Thomas 70 
Prescott Post 221 336 375 
Prew David 319 320 
Priest Benjamin 88 
Providence and Boston Railroad 
Company 57 58 59 
(see Boston & Prov- 
idence R R Co) 
and Douglas Turnpike 

Company 44 
and Pawtucket Turn- 
pike Company 58 59 
and Pawtucket Turn- 
pike CorporatiCTi 40 
43 
and Worcester Rail- 
road 217 
and Worcester Rail- 
road Company 249 
273 
Association of Fire- 
men for Mutual As- 
sistance 374 376 
Children's Friends So- 
ciety 377 



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[ 429 ] 



Providence Daily Journal 83 
Journal 93 
Police Association 274 

277 336 
Woolen Company 46 
Woolen Manufactur- 
ing Company 45 
Prye Thomas 5 
Pullen William T 75 

Railroad Providence and Worces- 
ter 217 
Randall 54 140 

Edward 141 142 194 195 

227 251 255 257 
Edwin 142 

Heirs 227 228 229 230 
251 255 256 257 286 
290309 
John 49 
Joseph 49 54 
Mr 141 

Peter 9 13 16 19 20 34 35 
Sarah M 362 
Shadrach 217 
Stephen 42 44 127 186 
188 
- William 42 49 116 117 
118 119 122 123 125 
126 141 142 192 193 
194 202 222 225 226 
227 231 259 
Rawcliffe Emanuel 313 
Read James H 66 
William 42 
William P 93 
Remington Harriet M 275 



Reynolds Harris 98 
Rhode Island Hospital Trust Com- 
pany 279 
Rhodes Charles W 85 

Edward S 2nd 203 

Malachi 5 

William N 39 40 
Richmond George M 90 
Rivers Mary 97 
Robbins Christopher E 125 133 
Robinson William i<x) 
Rodman William M 166 167 168 
Rogers Horatio 97 

Laban T 100 
Rounds Mary W 80 

Thomas M 252 
Russell Daniel 107 

Hope B 340 

Sabin Amey 85 

Hezekiah 75 
Hezekiah Jr 107 
James H 276 
William 85 
Salisbury Daniel B 97 

Catherine H 368 
Eliza W 302 303 
Jonathan 41 43 
Sylvester 303 
William D 75 
Samson Ezra N 84 
Sanders Richard 268 
Saunders Mr 150 151 
Sayles Jeremiah 28 41 42 
John 37 
Richard 7 
Schmid Albert J 377 
John M 378 



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Schubarth 123 

Mr 132 143 
NB215 
Schubath 122 
Schuberth 125 
Scott Job 42 
Joel 42 
John I 

Walcott M 100 
Seagrave Harriet 315 
Searle Nathaniel 81 
Seldon Elijah 70 
Sessions Abby F 344 

Mary Ann 299 300 
Thomas 344 
Shambell John M 96 
Sharpe Alderman 222 

Lucian 228 
Shay John N 291 
Sheldon Benjamin 36 

Christopher 24 25 
Edward S 86 loi 
Frank P 304 
Mary Jane 249 
Nehemiah 49 
Timothy 19 
William 249 
Sherman Alfred 316 378 
Aldred E 378 
George J 316 
Mary A 333 
William Davis 269 
Simmons James F 60 

William Henry 276 
Sisson Jonathan B 62 

Samnel 140 142 
Smalley Nathan 169 174 180 r8r 
183 189 202 209 226 
231 



Smith Alfred 371 

Anna P 342 

Art em as 36 

Caroline P 384 

Chad 36 

Charles A 100 

Charles B 374 

Devlin 36 

Edward r 27 28 29 38 

Elias 94 

Elisha 311 

Emer 38 

George 49 50 54 

Hannah 81 

Hannah D 374 

Hazaiel 38 

Henry 36 

Hiram 97 

Hudson 369 

James 36 68 

James A 383 

James Y 160 161 164 

Jesse 38 

John 15 29 30 

Michael 97 

Mrs 128 

Pitts 96 

Richard 96 

Roger 384 385 

Sidney 371 

Stephen H 52 

Thomas 4 

Welcome 38 

William 19 

William S 369 
Smithfield Turnpike Company 
39 40 
212 



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Smithfield Turnpike Corporation 

52 
Snow Alderman 222 
Amos W 294 
George W 294 
J Lippitt 299 
Society Providence Children's 
Friends 377 
Washington Bridge 
199 
Soule Mary A 341 
Spaulding Nathaniel 54 
Spencer Bowen 93 

Mr 251 
Sperry 384 

Henry G 383 
Sprague Alderman 222 
Humphrey 65 
Stanley William 387 
Staples William R 78 
Steere Elisha 38 
Jonah 87 
Mary 314 
Steinhauer George W 98 
Stevens Augustus 85 
Steve r Jacob 68 
Steward Thomas 101 
Stillwell Abraham 68 
Stimson John J 136 

Mr 102 108 115 120 
Stoyles Ellas 91 
Straight Sarah 97 
Studley Kingsley P 84 
Sullivan Cornelius 296 

Isabella R 296 
Swan Thomas 95 
Sweet Menzies 271 295 
Sarah 295 



Sweet Sarah Mrs 271 

Silas A 307 
Symonds ilr 229 230 

Jacob 226 22S 

Thomas 65 

Taft Harriet A 320 

John A 321 
Temple Timothy H 361 
Thayer Harriet A 267 

Lucy 267 

Samuel 42 

Seth 73 

Seth W 73 

Simeon 34 

WiUiams 35 267 
Thomas Samuel H 78 
Thompson Ebenezer 15 21 33 35 
Thorp David 65 
Throop Amos 44 
Thurber Dexter 51 52 55 57 60 282 

Edmund 94 

Edward 272 

Edward S 271 

Gorham 282 335 

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